Government, STC in Yemen Agree to Form Joint Cabinet in 30 Days, Saudi Foreign Ministry Says

Middle East

On 5 November 2019, the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), controlling five southern governorates, signed in Riyadh a reconciliation agreement mediated by a Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen. Confrontations between the two sides persisted until a ceasefire was signed in late June.

The Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council agreed on a mechanism proposed by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday regarding the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement on reconciliation in Yemen, signed in November 2019, a spokesperson for the Saudi Foreign Ministry tweeted early Wednesday.

The two parties agreed on forming a new joint cabinet in Aden within 30 days and withdrew troops from the capital, according to a press release posted by the ministry and Saudi state media.

The resolution proposed by Saudi Arabia on late Tuesday suggested a “rejection by the Transitional Council of its declared autonomy in the south of Yemen”, reorganizing the military and security forces and uniting efforts under the Saudi-led coalition’s leadership to restore Yemen’s security.

On early Wednesday, the STC announced that it would abandon self-administration. The council said that the decision was made for the sake of achieving security and stability in the country.

The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said in a statement later in the day that the…

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