European Union External Action

Statement of the spokesperson on the killing of the Governor of Aden in Yemen

The Governor of Aden Jaafar Mohammed Saad was killed today in an attack on his convoy in the Tawahi district of Aden city.

This attack is the latest in a series of terrorist acts against local officials, captive military personnel -whether government forces or Houthi militia-, and civilians, including worshippers.

Such a pattern demonstrates the urgency of putting an end to the current conflict through inclusive negotiations in order to quickly restore state authority and prioritize efforts to decisively tackle the spread of violent extremism and terrorism throughout Yemen.

The EU renews its call on all parties to engage immediately without preconditions in UN-facilitated talks.