RIYADH: Yemen’s president has called on the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) to take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to facilitate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi added that implementing the agreement is in the Yemeni nation’s interest, will stop the bloodshed in the country and will unite efforts to fight the Houthis.
Hadi added that the internationally recognized government has fully adhered to a cease-fire in the country’s southern governorate of Abyan so that implementation of the agreement could resume.
Commenting on bilateral relations with the Kingdom, the Yemeni president said “We face great and common challenges and lots of coordination, patience and hard work is needed to overcome them.”
Tensions have escalated over the last several months since the separatists declared self-rule in Aden and other southern provinces.
This prompted Yemen’s government in May to launch a military offensive in Abyan aimed at ousting the separatists from Aden.