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Sun - 19 Jan 2020 - 02:34 PM ،،،


 A joint military committee, led by Saudi officers in Yemen, will on Sunday finish counting medium and heavy weapons inside bases belonging to the government and Southern Transitional Council in Yemen’s port city of Aden, a committee member told Arab News.

The process is part of the security and military arrangements included in the Riyadh Agreement that eased tensions between the internationally recognized government and the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council.

“We have visited almost all military bases in Aden and we are ending the counting tomorrow (Sunday),” the pro-government officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The next step is transferring the registered weapons to an agreed location before distributing them to military units battling the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.

Under the agreement’s security and military arrangements, both sides should withdraw forces from contested areas in Shabwa and Abyan and allow presidential forces to enter Aden.

The government officer said they did not confront any hurdles while counting military weapons, but did not find as many heavy weapons as expected.