UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths
Riyadh (UNA-OIC) – Yemeni parties expressed their hope that more pressure will be applied by the United Nations to the Houthi militia to force them to favor the peace option according to the three references.
In a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths at his residence in Riyadh on Wednesday, the leaders and representatives of the National Alliance parties stressed their unwavering stance towards the peace option that does not violate the unified national constants.
During the meeting, the special envoy gave an explanation about the paper he presented to the Yemeni parties, known as the joint declaration on a nation-wide ceasefire, humanitarian and economic measures that will bring tangible relief to the people of Yemen, and resumption of the political process to comprehensively end the war, and alleviate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He also called on the parties to contribute to the success of this declaration.
The meeting also discussed the potential risks of environmental disaster as the Safer oil tanker in Hodeidah Governorate decays, following the Houthi militia’s intransigence and prevention of international teams to carry out the tanker’s maintenance. It further tackled the racist Zakat Law announced by the Houthi militia, termed as the “Internal Bylaw of the Zakat Law”, which stipulates levying a one-fifth income tax, or 20 percent, upon all the resource revenues to be given to Bani Hashem, the people that the Houthis belong to.
The meeting reviewed the great efforts being made to implement the Riyadh Agreement, especially by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to achieve a comprehensive peace in Yemen.