Omani delegation visit to Sanaa a turning point: Information Minister
The Information Minister in the Yemeni salvation government tells Al Mayadeen that the Omani delegation is optimistic about its mediation between Sanaa and Riyadh.
The humanitarian file is of utmost priority in Yemen, and there are certain parties that do not want stability to ensue in the embattled country, the Information Minister of the Yemeni National Salvation Government, Daifallah Al-Shami, told Al Mayadeen on Sunday.
"[Yemen] does not seek anyone's help, and its national resources are more than enough for its reconstruction," Al-Shami said. "Certain international parties, especially the United States and the United Kingdom, do not want stability in Yemen."
Regarding the mediation of the Omani delegation, Al-Shami pointed out that "there is optimism among the brothers in the Sultanate of Oman regarding the progress their mediation is bringing about," pointing out that "the positive results that were talked about are expected to be implemented on the ground."
"The Muscat delegation is striving hard and sincerely to resolve the crisis, but the decision is in the hands of the other party," the information minister underlined. "The other party is the aggressor, and the Omani delegations' visit marked a turning point, as the situation after it will not be like it was before it."
"There are Yemeni parties that are no longer accepted even by the coalition of aggression, which must be directly participating in the negotiations," he added.
Oman efforts valued
Yemeni Supreme Political Council chief Mahdi Al-Mashat underlined Oman's importance and lauded its role when it came to defending the Yemeni peace process.
During a meeting with his deputy, the head of the General People's Congress party, Sadiq Abu Ras, the two parties discussed the latest developments that took place in Sanaa under Oman's mediation.
The two Yemeni officials then expressed their appreciation of Oman and its leadership, as well as its contributions to putting an end to the war on Yemen.
Al Mayadeen's correspondent reported earlier that the Omani delegation left the Yemeni capital of Sanaa earlier in the day, with the head of the Yemeni negotiating delegation, Mohammad Abdul-Salam, after a four-day-long visit whose results have gone unannounced.
This is the Omani delegation's second visit to the Yemeni capital since the expiration of the armistice last October, Al Mayadeen's correspondent noted.
The previous visit of the Omani delegation took place in continuation of the discussions on ways to end the Saudi war and siege on Yemen and meet the demands of the Yemeni people, as their human rights are a priority without which peace could never be realized in the country.
The United Nations considers the situation in Yemen as the worst humanitarian crisis worldwide. The International Organization for Migration has lately warned that over 25.5 million Yemenis are living in poverty as a result of the Saudi-led aggression, which entered its 8th year.
The UN migration agency also posted on Twitter, using the hashtag "Yemen Can't Wait," that the war on Yemen has displaced over 4 million people and forced more than 2 million children out of school.
The head of the Sanaa negotiating delegation said the meetings were "fruitful" and highlighted that they gave both Sanaa and Muscat an idea of what the proposition put forward in the negotiations entailed.
Moreover, deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defense Affairs, Lieutenant General Jalal Al-Rowaishan told Al Mayadeen in the past month that the Omani delegation's "carried positive points" related to resolving the economic crisis, through the disbursement of salaries and through showing an initial desire by the countries of aggression to reach a solution and peace in Yemen.
Al-Rowaishan confirmed that Sanaa was clear about its conditions, which include putting an end to the war, ending the blockade, and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Yemen.
He also stressed that "the humanitarian issue must be separated from the political and military, and this vision is logical and confirmed by international laws and laws of God," highlighting that "the 30 million Yemenis who are suffering can't wait for the politicians and the military to reach solutions during negotiations."