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GCC Secretary General welcomes announcement of ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi Press Agency

Thursday 1441/8/16 - 2020/04/09

Riyadh, April 09, 2020, SPA -- Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, Dr. Naif Al-Hajraf has welcomed the announcement of the Command of Joint Forces of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen for a two-week comprehensive ceasefire in Yemen, starting from today, Thursday, April 9, which can be extended.

Dr. Al-Hajraf expressed his hope that this announcement will contribute to creating conditions and responding to the efforts of the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen to hold a meeting between the legitimate government and Houthis to discuss steps and mechanisms to implement a permanent ceasefire in Yemen, to build confidence, and the resumption of the political process between Yemeni parties to reach consultations between Yemeni brothers and a comprehensive political solution.

He also stressed the GCC support for the call of the United Nations Secretary General on March 23 for a ceasefire around the world to focus efforts on combating the spread of the novel Coronavirus, and called on Houthis to respond to a permanent ceasefire, intensify efforts to confront this pandemic, prevent its spread in Yemen, and engage with the UN Envoy to end the conflict and reach a political solution, based on the GCC initiative, its executive mechanism, outputs of comprehensive national dialogue, and Security Council Resolution 2216.

12:55 LOCAL TIME 09:55 GMT

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