Yemeni gov't ready to show flexibility, offer concessions for peace – FM

KUWAIT, May 23 (KUNA) — The UN-backed Kuwait consultations on Yemen offer a last chance for all Yemenis to show their desire in peace, Yemen Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Abdulmalek Al-Mekhlafi said.
Al-Mekhlafi, who is leading the government delegation to the talks Kuwait has been hosting to resolve the Yemen crisis since April 21, expressed readiness to show flexibility and offer concessions for peace of the Yemeni people.
The foreign minister expressed hope that the other side, namely the General People’s Congress and Ansarullah movement, “have the same desire and readiness so as not to return to a whirlpool that lasted over five weeks, with no progress achieved.” This is a real chance to work seriously and sincerely, Al-Mekhlafi told the opening of the first session of talks on Monday that followed a five-day suspension.
“We have come (to Kuwait) to return (to Yemen) with peace,” he said, noting that the noble aim will be realized, God willing, if good intention and determination are found to achieve peace for the Yemeni people who have been suffering for long and “it is high time suffering ended.” Yemen has been hard hit and its national unity has been torn apart, Al-Mekhlafi said, hoping that through dialogue, cooperation, partnership and exclusion of no party, Yemen will be back as a dignified and strong state.
The Yemeni senior official thanked the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmad for his hard efforts.
He also expressed gratitude to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and to Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for the efforts the two leaders’ exerted with Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Al-Mekhlafi also thanked the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-mmon who met with the Qatari Amir and President Hadi, and then issued a statement entrusting his envoy on Yemen to present the government delegation with the necessary guarantees and assurances on certain issues, based on which the talks were resumed.
He said that they now have the hope and the confidence that they are working on solid ground, with keenness and readiness to lavish whatever efforts to guarantee success for the Kuwait consultations, and as soon as possible.
Again, Al-Mekhlafi hoped peace and stability would be restored to Yemen, to spare the people there the scourge of war and devastation, and to contribute to building a “sound national unity based on the outcome of the national dialogue, and establish a national federal state.” The head of the Yemeni delegation reiterated the references of the Kuwait talks, namely the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and its Implementing Mechanism, the UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and the outcome of the Yemeni national dialogue, as well as what has been agreed upon between the UN Secretary General and Qatar’s Amir and the Yemeni President, in addition to Ban’s message to the envoy. (pickup previous) nma.hrz.msa

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