According to the state-run Saudi News Agency (SPA), the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Yemeni Hussein rebels announced a two-week ceasefire to stop the spread of coronavirus in this war-torn country.
Colonel Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for the Union, said the five-year conflict ceasefire is scheduled to begin on Thursday. The SPA said the move was initiated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calling for a moratorium on hostilities in the country to resist the spread of Covid-19.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, coronaviruses have infected 1.5 million people worldwide and killed more than 88,000 people.
Marchi also said that the temporary ceasefire will pave the way for negotiations between the Saudi-backed Aden government and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels based in Sana’a, Yemen.
The ceasefire will create an environment for the United Nations to “convene a meeting between a legitimate government and Houthi, and a military team of the (Saudi-led) coalition will meet under the supervision of the United Nations envoy to discuss its recommendations on steps and mechanisms. Implementation Permanent ceasefire, “Marchi said.
The United Nations welcomes Saudi Arabia ’s announcement. The Secretary-General ’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said in a UN statement on Wednesday: “I thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab League for acknowledging Yemen ’s actions at this critical moment.”
“The two sides must now use this opportunity to immediately and urgently cease all hostilities and make progress in achieving comprehensive and sustainable peace”
A Hussein rebel spokesman said the organization is working on a plan to end the war.
Mohamed Abdul Salaam said: “Based on the UN Secretary-General’s appeal for a ceasefire in Yemen, we have proposed a comprehensive national vision to the UN, including a complete end to the war and a complete end to the blockade.” Tweeted.
“It includes Yemen’s security and its unity and independence, and has established a political dialogue with a view to achieving a new transition.”
A source who understands the views of Saudi officials on the procedure expressed the hope to reach an agreement, which is the goal that the Saudis have been working hard for a long time.
The source said that the purpose of the ceasefire is to create an environment for the success of the UN negotiations.
Yemen has been involved in a civil war that has lasted for several years. This civil war has brought an alliance supported by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates into conflict with Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
The war claimed thousands of lives and caused massive famine and disease outbreaks in the country.
CNN’s Nada Altaher of Abu Dhabi and Elizabeth Joseph of New York contributed to this report.