Jeddah-Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdul Malik al-Mekhlafi, who is also heading the government delegation at the peace talks in Kuwait, said that the meeting between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi witnessed the discussion of several topics, including the safety of Yemeni territories and the return of legitimacy.
Al-Mekhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Decisive Storm was launched for the sake of Yemen and the Arab and Islamic World, denying any intention to back off until legitimacy is achieved in Yemen.
The Yemeni FM added that the Arab coalition in Yemen will prove its strength in the coming period and will disperse all illusions about the coalition’s disunion.
Al-Mekhlafi was asked about the expected meeting with U.N. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed. He said: “The U.N. Special Envoy betrayed the Yemeni government’s trust when he submitted the roadmap project without discussing it with the government delegation.”
The Yemeni FM continued: “The peace talks launched in Kuwait were based on specific references and any commitment or roadmap should abide by these three references as well, including the implementation of resolution 2216, the withdrawal from cities and handing over weapons. These are essential for any political process.”
Al-Mekhlafi revealed that Ould Sheikh will meet the Yemeni President and government members following Eid al-Fitr holiday, and all topics related to the roadmap will be tackled.