Political council in Yemen hinders int'l peace efforts – Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH, Aug 1 (KUNA) — Saudi Arabia said Monday the recent agreement reached between Ansarullah movement and the General People’s Congress (GPS) to form a political council in Yemen would hinder international efforts to end the war in that country, official media reported.
“The agreement reached between Houthis and followers of (former president) Ali Saleh on forming a political council in the Republic of Yemen is considered an obstacle in the way to reach a political arrangement to end the sufferings of the Yemeni people,” Saudi Cabinet said in its weekly session, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The deal also violates the resolutions of the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in addition to UNSC’s resolution 2216, and GCC’s initiative and its executive mechanism, as well as the outputs of the comprehensive national dialogue.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet pointed out the Command of the Coalition’s clarifying statement regarding recent media reports on some non-governmental relief and human rights organizations containing fallacies about health conditions in Yemen and underestimating the Coalition’s efforts and its positive role in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.
The Coalition defends legitimacy in Yemen and is the “greatest” donor of humanitarian aid to Yemen, it said, noting that the Kingdom has alone submitted over USD 500 million worth of humanitarian aid to Yemen. (end) nh.ma