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Gulf Arab states welcome UN-brokered Yemen truce deal

Secretary-General of (GCC) Jasem Al-Budaiwi
Secretary-General of (GCC) Jasem Al-Budaiwi
RIYADH, Dec 24 (KUNA) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council welcomes a United Nations (UN)-led roadmap towards a ceasefire between Yemen's warring parties, the bloc's chief Jasem Al-Budaiwi said on Sunday.
The roadmap, comprised of UN-brokered steps to put in place a ceasefire in Yemen, should pave the way to a definitive "political solution" to the conflict, one that would usher in prosperity and development to the war-torn nation, he said in a statement.
The GCC chief went on to commend the efforts of Saudi Arabia and Oman in mediating between Yemen's warring factions, which he said were instrumental in reaching such a major breakthrough.
The Yemeni government and the Iran-allied Houthi group have said that they are committed to a series of steps towards a ceasefire, according to the UN's special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. (end) as.nam