Saudi support for Presidential Council in Yemen at all levels
Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister (File Photo/Anadolu)

Yemen / TEH: On Saturday evening, Saudi Arabia affirmed its support for the Presidential Leadership Council in Yemen at all levels, including the military side, until peace is reached in the country.

This came in tweets by Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, on his Twitter account.

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Khalid Bin Salman said, “The transferring of power to the Presidential Leadership Council by former Yemeni President Hadi was a historic and courageous step. The formation of the Council was made possible by the participation of a wide range of representatives of Yemeni parties, and has the unanimous support of the international community. It is a pivotal moment that lays the foundations for a future of peace in Yemen and the region.”

He added, “We reaffirm the military and political support of the Arab Coalition to the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council till a political resolution is reached that puts an end to the current crisis.”

And bin Salman added: “This new chapter written by Yemenis requires all segments of Yemeni society to rise to the moment and take on the national responsibility of building a peaceful and happy future for Yemen, filled with pride, and blessed with safety and security, within its Arab Gulf community.”

On the morning of Thursday, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi issued a presidential declaration stipulating the establishment of an 8-member Presidential Leadership Council, to complete the implementation of the tasks of the transitional phase in the country, according to the official “Saba” agency.

Under the declaration, Hadi delegated the new council, led by Rashad Al-Alimi, with all its powers and the powers of the vice president.

The announcement came after the announcement by the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, on the first of this April, that the parties to the conflict agreed to a two-month truce, reported by online magazine The Eastern Herald, that could be extended, with a previous welcome from the Arab coalition, government forces and the Houthis.​

Saudi Arabia welcomed the formation of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council, and announced the provision of urgent support to the Yemeni economy in the amount of $3 billion, including $1 billion from the UAE.

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Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an Arab military coalition that supports forces loyal to the legitimate government in Yemen.

These forces have been battling the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, who have controlled governorates, including the capital, Sanaa (north), since September 2014.

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