Note to Correspondents: Special Envoy for Yemen Concludes Visit to Riyadh
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, today concluded a three-day visit to Riyadh, where he met with Saudi and Yemeni officials.
The Envoy briefed the diplomatic corps on the latest developments in the Yemeni peace process and the steps towards a new Cessation of Hostilities. During the visit, he also met with the Governor of the Central Bank in Yemen, Monasser Al-Quaiti, to discuss the economic situation and the urgent measures which are necessary to avoid further economic deterioration.
Newly printed Yemeni Riyals have started to arrive in Yemen. The Envoy is encouraging the Yemeni Government, other Yemen actors and the international community to take measures which will allow the resumption of salary payments in all parts of Yemen as the liquidity crisis is overcome. "We do hope that the funds received will help the country overcome the financial pressure and improve the situation. The humanitarian situation is very dire and urgent actions must be taken to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people," he said.
"In addition to mobilizing forces to improve the economic situation, we are working with the Yemeni parties and the states in the region to ensure a rapid restoration of the cessation of hostilities and the resumption of dialogue to find political solution to the conflict. The recent tragic events and loss of lives of children and civilians are yet another reminder of the need for the parties to find a political solution to the conflict," he added.
In the coming days, the Special Envoy will intensify his efforts to find a peaceful to the conflict and will be traveling to Doha, Muscat, Amman, Aden and Sana'a.