Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr. Abdul Malik Al-Mikhlafi said that he sent a letter to the Special Envoy of the UN for Yemen Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed confirming the Yemeni government’s commitment to the terms and provisions of the cessation of hostilities, which have been proposed by the United Nations.
Mr. Al-Mikhlafi also confirmed that His Excellency President of the Republic instructed all military commanders to halt combat operations starting today April 10, 2016, from 23:59. He pointed out that the leadership of the Arab Coalition has released a statement stressing its commitment to the ceasefire, based on a request letter from the President of the Republic addressed to the Coalition.
Mr. Al-Mikhlafi explained that a series of agreements had been reached in provinces where confrontations are taking place, under the auspices of the Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia in Dhahran Al-Janoub, in the southern region of Saudi Arabia, between representatives of the Yemeni government and the Houthis to halt combat operations, lift the siege on besieged cities, and allow the delivery of food and medicine to these regions.
Mr. Al-Mikhlafi said the government provided all it could to ensure the ceasefire and to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people; as well as to head to Kuwait with a positive atmosphere with the sincere hope that the other party is committed to all the conditions and agreements signed so far.