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Yemeni Rebels Agree to Withdraw From Cities and Hand Over Weapons | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Asharq Al-Awsat has been informed that the rebel delegation in Kuwait has agreed to withdraw from cities, hand over their arms and release detainees on condition that that this is within the framework of a comprehensive agreement that also includes political, economic and humanitarian aspects.

The head of the Houthi delegation to the consultations Mohamed Abdel Salam claimed that the coming days will be decisive, and hinted that his delegation will take part in a comprehensive discussion to resolve political, security, military and economic issues in order to stop the war, lift the siege and give Yemenis the freedom of movement.

He added that the rebel delegation has informed the UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed that the delegation has agreed to a comprehensive agreement concerning political, military, security, economic and humanitarian issues, and that it does not have a problem with starting to work on the military and security aspects of the agreement. The rebels took this step at a time when the positions of the government delegation adhere to Kuwait 2.

In addition to this, the President of Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi reiterated that a solution to what is happening in Yemen will only be achieved if the rebels commit to the points of reference which include the Gulf initiative and ways of implementing it, the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue conference and UN Security Council resolutions, particularly Resolution 2216. He also emphasised his full support for the efforts of the UN special envoy for Yemen and the huge and sincere efforts that he is making to ensure that the consultations are a success.

He continued by saying that all Yemeni people “face the risk that rebel Houthi militias backed by Iran will carry out a coup against the elected legitimate political authority and take control of the capital, institutions and government departments, loot stores of heavy and medium weapons, tamper with state resources and funds, besiege cities in various regions of Yemen, especially the city of Taiz, kill innocent civilians, women and children and obstruct the delivery of any humanitarian aid to them”.