KUWAIT, Kuwait is ready to host the warring parties in Yemen, to sign a final agreement, when they agree upon one, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, told a major meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Signing such a deal will open the door for an international conference on reconstruction in Yemen, in line with a resolution of the 36th Session of the Gulf Cooperation Council Supreme Council, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled told Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of Staff of the member states of the Coalition, to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.

He said, they met in Riyadh to reiterate the importance of carrying on with the efforts of the coalition member states, in support of legitimacy in Yemen, based on the GCC Initiative, its Implementing Mechanism and the outcome of the Yemeni National Dialogue, as well as, the relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

He added that, the meeting also aimed to reaffirm to the international community that the coalition’s operation “Restoration of Hope” would continue, for concluding a peaceful solution to the conflict, and to restore the internationally-acknowledged legitimacy to the entire state in Yemen.

Sheikh Sabah said that, Kuwait, in coordination with the GCC, hosted the UN-backed talks, seeking peace in Yemen for more than three months.

This was out of Kuwait’s keenness on restoring security and stability to Yemen, and convincing the warring parties with the importance of concluding a political solution to the crisis, he said.

The coalition is the framework coordinating the international collective action, supported by the Yemeni legitimate government, to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, he stressed.

During a conference for Yemen’s donors in Geneva last Apr, Kuwait pledged USD 100 million, to help meet the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people, covering food supplies, sheltering, and health, education and water needs, the Kuwaiti chief diplomat said.

Almost half the sum has already been used, and the other half is expected to be used by the end of 2017, through the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) and the Yemeni-Kuwaiti Relief Agency.

In addition, Kuwait has been offering humanitarian aid to Yemenis in different parts of the country, either through coordination with the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, or the “Kuwait by your side” campaign.

Kuwait also pledged to rebuild 500 schools in Yemen, in addition to universities and faculties damaged by the war, in addition to providing huge quantities of solar power panels, and medical aid.

Kuwait will also take part in the Yemen donors’ conference, due in Geneva in Dec.

Sheikh Sabah stressed Kuwait’s backing to the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad, in his efforts to conclude a peaceful solution to the crisis, that can also halt the suffering of the Yemeni people, amid the hard humanitarian and economic conditions they have been experiencing.

 

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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