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Yemeni expats thank Saudi Arabia for positive mediation.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 5, 2019, shows (centre L to R) Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi attending a peace-signing ceremony between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the southern separatists in the capital Riyadh.

JEDDAH: Members of the Yemeni expatriate community have expressed jubilation after Yemen's internationally recognized government and the Southern Transition Council (STC) signed an agreement in Riyadh on Tuesday. The agreement will usher in a new era of stability and peace for Yemen and its people. Farouk A. Mohammed, a senior translator, said the Riyadh agreement would have a significant impact on Yemen's political and economic stability, and contribute to unifying the country. "The Kingdom has always respected the will of Yemenis, and supported our country politically, economically, militarily and developmentally. We thank King Salman and his Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman as well as our Saudi brothers and sisters for their continuous support for Yemen and Yemenis," stressed Farouk. Muhammad Kusah, a corporate sales executive, agreed the agreement would help Yemen restore its security and stability, and above all, fight all forms of extremism and terrorism, noting that the Kingdom had always stood by and supported Yemen and worked incessantly to end all forms of rebellion and promote security and stability. Wael Mahyouf, a technician working for a Jeddah-based contracting company, was also happy that the agreement called for applying mechanisms and arrangements to reactivate the powers of state institutions. Muhammad Bajobran, who works for the Farouk Jamil Khogeer Establishment for Transportation, said the Kingdom had always handled the Yemeni conflict wisely and ensured that all parties in the country reached a peaceful solution. Through the agreement, Yemen would find solutions for its crises in order to achieve economic stability across the country, he said. Hussam Ahmed, a sales agent at Hyundai, said the agreement guaranteed the full rights of all Yemeni citizens and rejected all forms of discrimination and division. "The Riyadh agreement allows ministers from the northern and southern provinces to share power equally, which is a great thing," he said. "The agreement urges the ministers to work together and serve all Yemenis, and most importantly manage the country's resources with full transparency. "I'm glad that the agreement calls for eventually eradicating all forms of corruption in all state agencies while promoting security and stability in all government institutions in southern provinces."

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Author:Qais Bajaifer
Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Geographic Code:7SAUD
Date:Nov 6, 2019
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