İrem UZUN -TDO- Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers called for conditions to return to normalcy in Yemen’s Aden and southern provinces, after the Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared a state of emergency in Yemen. “The Saudi Council of Ministers calls for the invalidation of any step taken that violates the Riyadh Agreement and stresses the need for conditions to return to normal in Aden and southern governorates,” the Council of Ministers said in an official statement.
On Sunday, Yemen’s main southern separatist group announced it would establish self-rule in areas under its control, adding it would take charge of Aden’s port, airport and other state institutions such as the central bank. The move by STC threatens to renew conflict with the Saudi-backed government, although the United Nations tries to secure a permanent nationwide ceasefire over the coronavirus pandemic. Yemen's internationally recognized government warned of "catastrophic consequences" in the country.
Six months ago, the STC signed a power sharing agreement with the internationally recognized Yemeni government to end infighting that risked opening a new front in war. On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition urged the STC to honor the terms of the Riyadh agreement and share control of Aden with the government. “The Coalition urges an immediate end to any steps contrary to the Riyadh Agreement, and work rapidly toward its implementation,” the statement said. Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt expressed their support for the importance to respect the Riyadh Agreement.