“This constitutes an essential first step in implementing the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council,” said Maja Kocijancic, EU foreign policy spokesperson, in a statement Tuesday.
It noted that “the presence of the Government in Yemen is a key development. The European Union expects all stakeholders to abide by the terms of the Agreement and display sincere collaboration on the ground to ensure its smooth and timely implementation.”
The EU said that a” full implementation should in turn pave the way towards a comprehensive political agreement to the conflict, under the auspices of the United Nations.”
The EU will continue to deepen its bilateral cooperation with the Government of Yemen and lend its full support to the UN Special Envoy in this regard, the statement said.