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Fri - 20 Mar 2020 - 02:55 PM ،،،

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 Saudi Arabia has urged Yemeni factions to concentrate all their efforts on putting into place the Riyadh Agreement and join forces in halting Houthi military offensives in Jouf and Marib.

The Kingdom’s Ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, criticized a military parade by government forces in the southern province of Abyan which he said had the potential to stoke tensions with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Aden and undermine coalition attempts to confront Houthi militias.

“It is not acceptable that some forces affiliated with the legitimate government conduct military exercises in Shouqra (town in Abyan) and its military leaders speak of the zero hour,” the envoy posted on Twitter.

He added that the Riyadh Agreement was designed to allow the government to return to Aden and restore security and stability to Aden and other cities. Al-Jaber called on Yemeni factions to divert their forces to Jouf and Dhalea to push back Houthi incursions.

Saudi Arabia sponsored the Riyadh Agreement reached in late 2019 that was aimed at ending hostilities between the Yemeni government and the STC. Under the deal, both sides were to hand over heavy arms, pull out of new areas and allow the government to return to Aden.

Although the government is back in Aden and heavy weapons have been moved out of the city, other terms such as the appointment of a new chief of security to Aden and neighboring provinces have not been implemented.