Egypt has welcomed the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s Friday announcement of forming a new power-sharing cabinet that would include southern separatists in the internationally-recognised government, as part of the Riyadh Agreement signed on 5 November 2019.
The new cabinet represents an important step towards a comprehensive political settlement to the Yemeni crisis.
Ambassador Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, appreciated the Saudi efforts in sponsoring the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement and supporting a political solution to the Yemeni crisis.
He also praised the Yemeni parties, represented by the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC), for upholding the interest of Yemen and achieving the aspirations of its people towards ending the prolonged crisis in the country.
Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced that Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik was reappointed to head the new cabinet, which includes five ministers from Yemen’s biggest political blocs, including the STC and Al-Islah Party.
The new government consists of 24 ministers, most notably Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lieutenant General Mohamed Ali Ahmed Al-Maqdashi as Minister of Defence, Ibrahim Ali Haydan as Minister of Interior, and Moaamar Al-Eryani as Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism.