Secretary Blinken Meets with Chairman of the Yemeni Presidential Council Al-Alimi
The following is attributable to spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken today met with Chairman of the Yemeni Presidential Council (PLC) Rashad al-Alimi in New York and affirmed strong U.S. support for the PLC and the leadership of President al- Alim. Secretary Blinken and President al-Alimi discussed the urgency of extending and expanding the UN-brokered truce by October 2. The Secretary commended the government of the Republic of Yemen for its leadership on the truce to date, which has brought much-needed calm and hope while improving the lives of millions of Yemenis across the country. The secretary and President al-Alimi affirmed their support for additional measures under the truce, including the opening of routes in Taiz and other regions, the expansion of commercial flights from Sanaa airport and guaranteeing the payment of salaries to tens of thousands of teachers, nurses and other civil servants who have worked for years without being paid. They expressed their hope that the Houthis will also support such important measures to bring relief to Yemenis. Secretary Blinken noted that the truce remains the best opportunity to achieve a permanent nationwide ceasefire and the launch of an inclusive and comprehensive political process under the auspices of the UN that includes the calls of the Yemenis to justice, accountability and redress for human rights violations and abuses. He commended the Special Envoy for Yemen, Tim Lenderking, for the continued work with the PLC and other partners in the region to expand and expand it.