CAIRO, 6th September, 2016 (WAM) — Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Arab League Secretary-General, has expressed full support for Yemen’s legitimate government, led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and its efforts to resume the peace consultations under the auspices of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

In a statement issued on Monday, Aboul-Gheit strongly criticised the stances of the Houthi group and ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and what they have done by escalating military operations in Sana’a, Taez, and on the border with Saudi Arabia.

He said that the declaration of the Houthi group and Saleh of the formation of the so-called “supreme political council” is an escalatory step that would hamper efforts made to establish the desired political settlement in Yemen.

The Arab League Secretary-General called on the Houthi group and Saleh to desist forthwith from making any escalations, to abide by the cessation of hostilities, and to respect the agreed terms of reference of negotiations which are represented by the GCC initiative and its executive mechanisms, the outputs of the Yemeni National Dialogue Conference and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.