GCC Committed to Support of Yemen, Says Envoy

Sanaa,June 23 (QNA) – The Gulf Cooperation Council is committed to providing all forms of economic and development-related support of Yemen, said the head of its mission in Yemen Saad Al-Oraifi.

At the opening of a donor pledges’ review meeting on Monday, he said that the meeting is being held amid continued efforts aimed at enhancing the political process in Yemen.

Yemen is currently going through a “critical and delicate phase” in the implementation of the third stage of the GCC Peace Initiative, beginning with the holding of a national dialogue conference, followed by the writing up of a constitution along with a referendum and presidential elections.

He called on Yemen to enhance the spirit of national unity and to steer clear of futile political infighting, reported the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

On the other hand, he urged donor nations and regional and global organisations to work together with Yemen in a more collective spirit in tackling economic challenges, through honoring their pledges.

For his part, Yemen’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammad Al-Saadi said the meeting was to follow up on the outcome of the Friends of Yemen donor conference held in London last April.

“Yemen is facing abnormal economic and political circumstances and the path to shifting and the peaceful political transformation of the authority is facing fierce challenges,” he added.

The government has briefed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the urgent reforms programme it needs for the future, he said, and the list of priorities pertaining to projects and youth capacity-building, worth USD 487 million.

The minister expressed the hope that the donor nations could effectively contribute to these plans.(QNA)

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