The Prime Minister of the Government of Republic of Yemen, Dr. Muin Abdel Malik, returned yesterday to Aden, the country’s interim capital. This constitutes an essential first step in implementing the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council. The presence of the Government in Yemen is a key development. The European Union expects all stakeholders to abide to the terms of the Agreement and display sincere collaboration on the ground to ensure its smooth and timely implementation. A full implementation should in turn pave the way towards a comprehensive political agreement to the conflict, under the auspices of the United Nations. The European Union will continue to deepen its bilateral co-operation with the Government of Yemen and lend its full support the UN Special Envoy in this regard.