Egypt welcomes extension of truce in Yemen

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Aug 2022

Egypt welcomed on Thursday the extension of the truce in Yemen for two additional months, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

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A row of beehives are pictured at a farm in Yemen s third city of Taez, on June 28, 2022. AFP


The United Nations' Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg announced on Monday an extension of the truce in Yemen for two additional two months, from 2 August to 2 October.

The truce extension included a commitment from the fighting parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible, said Grundberg in his statement.

“Egypt is looking forward to the extension of the truce, which contributes in a comprehensive settlement for the Yemeni crisis and supports the initiatives for a political solution in a way that safeguards the unity of Yemen and its independence as well as its wealth for its own people who aspire to security, stability and prosperity,” the Egyptian foreign ministry statement said.

In May, Egypt announced that it resumed direct flights between Cairo and Sanaa for the first time in years due to the conflict.

Egypt has repeatedly called for a political solution in Yemen that would meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people in achieving stability and development and ends the extended humanitarian crisis.

The country has also reiterated its support to the UN’s efforts in Yemen, calling for a solution to the crisis that is based on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative, the outcome of the national dialogue, and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Over the past years, Egypt had stressed its unwavering support to the legitimate Saudi-backed Yemeni government of Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, which the Houthis ousted from Sanaa in 2014. Egypt has also discussed with the Yemeni government long-term partnerships in various fields to support Yemen’s redevelopment.

Egypt also frequently condemned the Houthi rebel's attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia, stressing its support for all Saudi measures aiming at protecting its national security.

According to some estimations by the Yemeni embassy, there are currently 250,000 Yemeni refugees in Egypt.

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