Yemen Saudi Arabia Agreement

An official coalition source said in a press release issued Thursday night by the Saudi News Agency that it had been agreed to form the government under the leadership of Moeen Abdulmalik, which consists of 24 ministers divided equally between the north and south with the participation of the Southern Transitional Council and other Yemeni political components. and that an agreement has been reached, according to the source, on the announcement of this government once the implementation of the military component of the Riyadh agreement is completed within a week. Below, Al Jazeera looks at some of the key features of the deal. CAIRO (Reuters) – Separatists in southern Yemen have suspended their participation in consultations on a power-sharing agreement for the south known as the „Riyadh Agreement,” the Southern Transitional Council (STC) said in a statement on Tuesday. The „Riyadh Agreement” suffered many setbacks and was never implemented, but Saudi Arabia made a new effort in July to revive the process. Observers believe that the main obstacle to the Riyadh agreement is not to withdraw from the confrontation zones in Abyan or to form a government, but to urge both parties to the agreement to make the painful concessions set out in the agreement regarding the subsequent phases of military and security arrangements, which include the transfer of heavy weapons and the withdrawal of forces from the provinces. that each party considers its own sphere of influence, as is the case in Shabwa governorate, which the Muslim Brotherhood considers one of its main strongholds after the loss of Al-Jawf and Nehm, while the STC does not seem to accept the idea of relinquishing its security influence in Aden, given the growing lack of trust between the two sides. The Riyadh agreement, first proposed in November, aims to end clashes between the Yemeni government and CTS fighters in the southern provinces. The agreement also provides for the collection of all medium and heavy weapons of all kinds from all military and security forces in Aden and their contribution to warehouses in Aden, which are secured and monitored by coalition leaders, as well as the transfer of all government military forces and STC military formations in Aden governorate to camps outside Aden governorate, the plans drawn up by the coalition leaders and immediately thereafter approved and under the direct supervision of the coalition, with the exception of the First Presidential Protection Brigade, which is responsible for protecting the presidential palaces and their surroundings, securing the movements of the president and ensuring the protection of the security of the leaders of the Southern Transitional Council in Aden. The „Riyadh Agreement”, which aimed to centralize all military factions and form a government that exists in equal parts between the North and the South, was never implemented.

Forces advancing towards Aden, Abyan and Shabwa, the site of deadly clashes between government forces and the STC, are expected to resume their original positions under the agreement. In a statement to The Arab Weekly, Mansour Saleh, deputy head of the CTS media department, said: „The Council considers the serious direct implementation of the agreement as a major achievement that improves the security situation and completes the implementation of what was agreed in Riyadh under Saudi auspices.” As part of the resolution, Yemen`s Southern Transitional Council (SSC) will end self-government, implement the Riyadh agreement and appoint a governor for Aden, according to the statement issued on Wednesday. .

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