Jeddah-A meeting is expected to be held in Riyadh to discuss the latest developments in Yemen, in the wake of Houthis’ announcement on forming a political council to manage the country’s affairs.
High-ranking diplomatic sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Friday that a number of ambassadors of countries sponsoring the Yemen peace talks would meet in the Saudi capital to listen to the Yemeni government’s perception of the latest developments and to a detailed report on the unilateral governing arrangements declared by ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi rebels.
The sources said that the meeting will determine the next diplomatic measures that would be taken on the international and regional levels in the wake of the latest developments. They added that a session would be held with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to discuss the peace process and the government’s vision in this regard.
According to the sources, peace negotiations between the legitimate government and Houthi rebels have practically ended, with the Houthis’ creation of a political council to manage the country’s affairs at the political, security, military, economic and social levels.
They added that such a unilateral decision violates U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, the GCC peace initiative and the outcome of national dialogue.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s deputy Prime Minister Abdulaziz Al-Jabari told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that peace negotiations have effectively ended following Houthis’ latest announcement.
He added that the unilateral move is a message to many countries which were betting on the rebels’ commitment to the peace process and the relevant international resolutions.
In the same context, political parties in Yemen expressed support to the legitimate government in the wake of the recent developments.
The General People’s Congress – Aden Branch – issued a statement expressing support to President Hadi and to the government’s decisions to abide by international resolutions.
The political party added that the Houthis’ unilateral decision has hampered all attempts to end the war through a peaceful political process.
For its part, the Yemeni Congregation for Reform criticized in a statement the international community’s slowdown in the implementation of UNSCR 2216 and the punishment of militias that are violating human rights and international humanitarian law.
The party called on international powers to change their cautious strategies in the wake of Houthis’ blow to the peace process.