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Riyadh – Aden – Yemeni President’s Advisor, Abdulaziz Al-Meflahi, said that the Yemeni legitimate government has asked U.N. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed to make radical changes to his peace proposal, adding that any solution to the Yemeni crisis should be based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcome of national dialogue.

In exclusive remarks to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Monday, Al-Meflahi said he considers the U.N. envoy’s proposal to be “ideas that reflect to a great extent the initiative launched by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.”
Ould Cheikh Ahmed headed to Riyadh on Monday, where he said he will meet with representatives from Yemen’s legitimate government to discuss his recent peace proposal.

For his part, Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, reiterated on Monday his rejection to the roadmap presented by the international envoy, saying that such proposal gives the militias the right to keep their weapons and does not meet the Yemeni people’s aspirations for sustainable and comprehensive peace and stability.

“We clearly reject what is called the [U.N. Envoy Ismail] Ould Al Cheikh [Ahmed] peace plan because it rose from the wrong basis. We reject it since it neglects the root cause of the problem which is the coup and its ramifications,” Hadi said, during a meeting with senior aides and government officials.

He added the plan rewards Houthi militias and their ally, ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh for overthrowing the government and would pave the way for more conflicts in the future.

“I would like to salute all the free people, local authorities, military leaders and political, civil and media figures for their steadfastness and patience. I salute you for your noble stand and I promise to stand by you”, the Yemeni president said.