Arab News –  The United Nations, Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council welcomed the Kingdom-led coalition’s announcement of a five-day cease-fire, that took effect at midnight on Sunday, to push humanitarian relief in war-ravaged Yemen to the beleaguered civilian population.
UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani here on Monday and discussed the latest developments in Yemen.
During the meeting they stressed the importance of commitment to the humanitarian truce, and discussed various ways and means to further strengthen key cooperation and coordination between the UN and the GCC to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.
“They discussed ways to push forward the peaceful political process on the basis of the GCC initiative and its executive mechanism as well as the outputs of the National Dialogue Conference and United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 2216,” said a GCC spokesman.
Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, the general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, met Sanaa Gov. Abdul Qawi Ahmed Abad Sharif, Dalie Gov. Fadhl Mohammed Hussein and representatives from other Yemeni provinces here on Monday and discussed the relief and humanitarian situations in Yemen, mechanisms for the distribution of relief and humanitarian aid in coordination with the legitimate government, and the center’s work there.
The Yemeni officials expressed their deep appreciation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his great humanitarian services to Yemen and its people.
Welcoming the cease-fire in Yemen on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all parties to suspend military operations and facilitate the safe, unhindered access of relief workers throughout the country.
In a statement issued in New York, Ban welcomed the announcement, urging the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and all parties to abide by the agreement and maintain the humanitarian pause for the sake of Yemeni people.
Al-Zayani underlined the need for all parties to honor the truce in order for people to access aid.

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