SANA’A -The president of the Supreme Political Council, Mehdi al-Mashat, has addressed the Yemeni people on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the September 21 Revolution.
In his speech on the occasion, in recognition of the efforts of peace both domestic and international, led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his Special Envoy to Yemen, President al-Mashat announced an initiative to achieve peace.
He called on all Yemeni parties to engage in serious and genuine negotiations leading to a comprehensive national reconciliation that does not exclude any party, for the sake of building ties of fraternity and safeguarding the primacy of the higher national interests.
President al-Mashat renewed the amnesty for former collaborators with the Saudi-led invaders. He called on all misled individuals and leaders to take advantage of this opportunity and “return to the bosom of the homeland and to do the right thing.”
The President furthermore announced the temporary cessation of all attacks against Saudi territory by drones, ballistic missiles, winged missiles and all others forms of retaliation.
“We await the response of this kind or better [from the Saudis] in a similar declaration to stop all forms of targeting and aerial bombardment of our Yemeni territory, and we reserve the right to respond if this initiative is not responded to,” he said.
“We affirm that the continuation of the war will not be in anyone’s interest, but may lead to serious developments that we do not want to take, although we are certain that its greatest harm will not be on us, but on the countries of aggression in the first place, primarily and directly,” he added.
President al-Mashat also called on the countries of aggression to immediately lift the ban on Sana’a International Airport, to stop intercepting ships bound for the port of Hodeidah and to respect the suffering of the Yemeni people.
“Certainly, for the pretext raised about the revenues of the port of Hodeidah and about the illusion of arms smuggling through the port, we confirm our readiness to supply the revenues to the central bank branch,” he said.
“In return, we call for the payment of the deficit and for the delivery of salaries of employees throughout all governorates of the Republic of Yemen.”
The President of Yemen called on the United Nations verification and inspection mechanism to join its work at the port of Hodeidah.
“Welcome to the transition to serious negotiations under a complete ceasefire, [hopefully] leading to a comprehensive political solution, despite the fact that none of the commitments to the Stockholm Agreement have been implemented by the other [Saudi-led coalition] side.”