US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, supports the decision of the Yemeni government to accept the appeal of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a ceasefire amid the threat of the spread of coronavirus, said the official representative of the coalition Turki al-Maliki.
“We support the decision of the Yemeni government to accept the call of the UN Secretary-General for a ceasefire in Yemen and make every effort to combat the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),” the Saudi-based SPA agency said al-Maliki.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for a ceasefire in all conflicts of the world against the backdrop of the universal threat of coronavirus.
A spokesman for the Yemeni government, Rajih al-Badi, told that the Yemeni authorities welcomed the UN initiative on a global ceasefire, but considered it necessary to put pressure on the Houthis to observe the ceasefire.
A member of the Houthis political bureau, Hizam al-Assad, told that the movement welcomes the initiative of UN Secretary General Anthony Guterres on a global ceasefire amid the threat of coronavirus and calls for the blockade to be removed from areas under their control.
Since 2015, active hostilities have been ongoing in Yemen between supporters of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Hussites who seized power in Sana’a; since March 2015, the Hadi has been supported by the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. At the end of 2018, they entered into a truce, agreeing to retreat the captured positions, but from the very beginning these agreements were not respected.
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