Egypt's Sisi calls for peaceful solution to Yemen crisis

Egypt's Sisi calls for peaceful solution to Yemen crisis

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks to French President after his meeting at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on December 7, 2020. PHOTO AFP CAIRO Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called for a peaceful solution to the Yemeni crisis and expressed his support for the legitimate government of Yemen.

Sisi made a statement during a joint press conference with Rashad al-Alimi, head of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council PLC after their talks in Cairo.

The Egyptian president, affirmed our full support for the unity, independence, and territorial integrity of the Yemeni state.

Cairo welcomed the UN announcement on June 2 of a renewal of the ceasefire agreement between the forces of Yemen's government and the Houthi militia for another two months, according to Sisi, who underlined the importance of Yemen's security and stability to Egypt and the whole Arab world.

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The agreement is a positive development that can be built upon to launch a comprehensive political process in Yemen, Sisi said. "I call on all parties to fully implement the terms of the agreement.

He also highlighted the need to intensify joint action to protect the security and freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf. This vital issue is linked to regional and international security and stability. Al-Alimi said he updated Sisi on the latest developments in Yemen and the efforts made by the PLC to improve the economic conditions and services, especially in the provinces that have been freed from the Houthis.

The PLC chief sought Egypt's support for reforms and the integration of the security forces and military in Yemen.

We affirm our positive approach to all peace endeavors in coordination with the pro-legitimacy alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Yemen has been in a civil war since late 2014 when the Houthi militia took control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally recognized government out of Sanaa.