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Thu - 12 Mar 2020 - 07:41 AM ،،،

 The Saudi-led Arab Coalition banned high-ranking southern officials from flying back home to Aden, the spokesman for the Southern Transitional Council, Nazar Haitham said in a press release issued late on Wednesday evening.

Accoring to the statement, the the ban includes the head and members of the STC negotiation team in the joint committee to follow up the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, Dr. Nasser Al-Khabji, Abdul Rahman Sheikh and Anis al-Sharafi, in addition to the director of Aden's Security, General Shalal Shayea and the journalist and editor-in-chief of the Aden 24 newspaper, Mokhtar Al-Yafei who had been told at the Queen Alia International Airport that they are not authorized to leave Amman for Aden.

Haitham made it clear that the Arab Coalition imposed travel restrictions against a number of the STC officials and the director of Aden's Security.

He also requested that the Arab Coalition clarify with respect to this incident and the reasons for preventing Southerners from returning to their home country.

A few hours later, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement to express the keenness of its Government on the security and stability of Yemen, affirming that the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement comes at the top of its priorities.

Saudia Arabia called on concerned parties to achieve the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement, give priority to the higher interests and resolve the differences and challenges facing the implementation of the agreement, away from the media quarrels.

The Saudi statement did not mention anything about preventing southern officials from flying to Aden, which provoked further public outrage in the South, but the comment of the member of the STC Presidency, Lutfi Shatara explained that the Saudi statement was issued in "diplomatic language" to clearly indicate that differences should be settled away from the media quarrels.

Shatara noted that the Saudi statement is a direct response to the STC spokesman's statement and a reiteration of the Saudi commitment to the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement in which the STC is a key actor.

Shatara went on to say "the Saudi statement is an implicit confession that there's been a mistake in taking such decision by the Coalition and must be corrected away from any escalation."

The STC spokesman called in his statement, the Southerners and the Southern Armed Forces for restraint till receiving an explanation from the Coalition Command.