EU welcomes formation of Yemeni government, praises role of Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH (RAHNUMA): The EU welcomed the formation of a Yemeni government on Saturday and praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts to achieve the Riyadh Agreement.

“The announcement of a new Yemeni government within the framework of implementing the Riyadh Agreement is a positive step toward a comprehensive political solution for the country,” a spokesperson for the European External Action Service said.

The new government will face difficult tasks and it will need to take important and courageous decisions for the sake of Yemen and all of its people, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson stressed the importance of having more women in political positions and the effective participation of women in governance.

“The EU appreciates facilitation efforts made by Saudi Arabia, and encourages all actors to ensure the prompt and full implementation of all stipulations of the Riyadh Agreement,” the European spokesman said.

France also praised the role played by the Kingdom to facilitate the Riyadh Agreement and implement it.
A statement issued by the foreign ministry said that the formation of a new government in the war-torn country is an important step that would contribute to preserving Yemen’s unity and territorial integrity.

The ministry stressed the importance of ending the conflict in Yemen which requires a cessation of hostilities and the resumption of discussions under the auspices of the UN to reach a comprehensive political agreement.

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