U.S. Ambassador John Abizaid Statement on Important Progress toward Implementation of the Riyadh Agreement
The United States welcomes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s proposal to accelerate the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement. We commend Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, for working to bring the parties together to restore unity in Yemen. By bringing together the Republic of Yemen Government and the Southern Transitional Council, the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement will represent a major step toward lasting peace for the people of Yemen. A peaceful and united Yemen is essential for regional stability and to address the urgent needs of the Yemeni people. An enduring solution will require compromise from all sides, and we reiterate our continued support for United Nations-led efforts to advance the political process.