Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen, Hisham Sharaf, has affirmed that “the time of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemeni affairs is over.”
The Foreign Minister said that “the peace Sana’a is working to achieve is a real, just and sustainable peace for Yemen and its people, within a Yemeni sovereign framework that culminates in the departure of foreign forces from Yemeni territory and which preserves Yemen’s independence and sovereignty over its entire territory.”
Sharaf’s remarks came in response to the Saudi Foreign Minister’s statement after Sana’a welcomed the new UN Envoy to Yemen.
Minister Sharaf said that “The Saudi Foreign Minister should not rush and try to show a position of strength with the start of the new UN Envoy’s mission, and he must be aware that peace in Yemen is for the Yemeni people.”
Sharaf stressed the need for the Saudi leadership to realise that “the future bilateral relations between the Republic of Yemen and Saudi Arabia can be reconstructed on the basis of good neighbourliness, mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs. This will lead to good neighbourly relations and joint cooperation that will benefit the peoples of the two brotherly countries and achieve security and stability at the regional and international levels.”