He assured Asharq Al-Awsat the council’s keenness to maintain the truce
The Ambassador of the Gulf Cooperation Council to Yemen, Sarhan bin Cruz Al-Munakher, said that the GCC countries have only one option in Yemen, which is to support a political solution to end the crisis so that Yemen can return “as happy as history has been.”
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Munikher affirmed that the Cooperation Council supported the Yemeni truce under the auspices of the United Nations, and considered it “a basis and a solid ground for it to turn into a work to be built upon to reach a political solution to end the Yemeni crisis.” He said: “Any political negotiations can only start with the existence of a truce.” , in reference to the Council’s support moved it to become a permanent armistice.
When asked about the “beginning of the end” of the Yemeni crisis, Al-Munakher replied: “I think the end is not far. And it will be very soon when the Yemeni parties overcome the supreme interests of Yemen over personal interests, and when they reach these convictions, peace will be within their reach.” It cannot be separated from that, and Yemen must live alongside its natural neighbor on the Arabian Peninsula as a free Arab country whose people are the ones who have the decision.”
Al-Munikher attributed the success of the Riyadh-Yemeni-Yemeni consultations, which were held under the umbrella and sponsorship of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to “the confidence of Yemenis in their neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council.”
Asharq Al-Awsat asked: Was the armistice inspired by the atmosphere of positive consultations, or did the results of the consultations benefited from the armistice? The Gulf ambassador replied, “We can say that it is joint. The coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made great efforts, as well as the efforts made by the Sultanate of Oman, which resulted in the declaration of the UN armistice.”