Reject calls to divide Yemen, GCC urges Yemenis

Reject calls to divide Yemen, GCC urges Yemenis

Abdul Latif Al-Zayani
Abdul Latif Al-Zayani

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh — The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Saturday reiterated its support for the unity, sovereignty, security and stability of Yemen.

It called for a solution to the Yemen crisis in accordance with the Gulf initiative, the outcome of the Yemeni National Dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216.

GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Al-Zayani said in a statement that GCC states call on all segments of the Yemeni people to reject the calls to divide the country.

He urged them to stand firmly behind the legitimacy of the internationally recognized government led by President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

On Friday, Hadi’s government rejected a self-proclaimed autonomous body in the formerly independent south.

An official statement issued after Hadi met his advisers “categorically rejected” the South Transition Council.

“Such acts remain baseless and will never be accepted,” the presidency statement said, adding that the move only served the Houthi rebels.

It urged those listed as council members “to declare a clear position” toward the new body.