Egyptian FM voices support for political solution in Yemen

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry stressed on Sunday Egypt’s support for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

During a meeting in Cairo with the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s firm position in supporting all the efforts aiming at reaching a comprehensive political solution that meets the aspirations of the Yemeni people and ends the country’s protracted humanitarian crisis.

Shoukry stressed that the security and stability of Yemen are of utmost importance to the Egyptian national security and the security of the Arab region in general.

The Egyptian top diplomat clarified Egypt’s categorical rejection and condemnation of the ongoing Houthi attacks on the Saudi territory, as well as Egypt’s support for Riyadh in all the measures it takes to defend its national security.

He also noted Cairo’s support for the Saudi initiative to resolve the Yemeni crisis, and for the UN envoy to push for a political solution.

For his part, Griffiths briefed Shoukry on the latest developments in Yemen and his vision for the future of the country, as well as his current efforts to achieve a cease-fire and resume the political process with the aim of reaching a comprehensive and sustainable settlement to the Yemeni crisis, according to the statement.

He appreciated Egypt for providing continuous support to the Yemeni people, as well as the care to the Yemeni community residing on its land.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni military conflict in March 2015 to support Hadi’s government.