Today, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, had a phone call with Yemen’s Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak. They discussed the peace process, humanitarian issues, and economic revival in the country. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell reiterated EU strong support to the Government and people of Yemen, highlighting the significant work of the EU in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.
High Representative/Vice-President Borrell expressed deep concern about the intense fighting in Marib and other fronts and urged the Government of Yemen to explore with the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths all avenues for an immediate ceasefire. He reiterated the EU’s call on all parties to the conflict to cease hostile activities without delay, and to commence inclusive political talks, emphasising the importance of including women in the peace process. He also recalled the EU condemnation of all attacks on civilians.
High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stressed the need for full facilitation of humanitarian work across Yemen. This is vital to avert famine and address extreme levels of malnutrition in the country. He called for the Government of Yemen to undertake ambitious economic reforms, which the EU stands ready to continue supporting.