The sources said that the signing of the agreement between representatives of the legitimacy and the STC is expected to be attended by the UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and ambassadors of states sponsoring the political process in Yemen. An agreement brokered by Saudi Arabia has been reached between the warring parties in southern Yemen, paving the way for broader peace talks to end five years of civil war. They said the final draft, called the Jeddah Agreement, was able to resolve disputes between the legitimate government and the STC amid safeguards for the implementation of the agreement under the control of a joint committee led by Riyadh. France welcomes the signing of the Riyadh Agreement by the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council. This was made possible by Saudi Arabia, which initiated and organized this dialogue in Djiddah. The agreement also provides for the termination of the work of all attachés working in Yemeni embassies and the restructuring of diplomatic jobs and underseeds of state working in ministries. The cessation of hostilities and the resumption of talks to reach a comprehensive and non-exclusive political agreement in Yemen are the only possible prospect for an end to the conflict and the suffering of the Yemeni people. France reaffirms its full support for the efforts made in this regard by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Martin Griffiths. The new agreement, negotiated in Deddah and Riyadh over more than a month, includes new measures to crack down on corruption and ensure a more even allocation of resources by Yemen`s central bank. The draft agreement postpones the secession issue until the war with the Houthis has been resolved.
An announcement on a final agreement in indirects between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) under the auspices of Saudi Arabia is expected on Thursday, Yemeni political sources told Asharq Al-Awsat. In preparation for the agreement, the Saudi armed forces have already moved to Aden and major military bases and replaced the outgoing troops of the United Arab Emirates. The agreement represents a substantial improvement in the status of the STC, which was previously excluded from all UN-negotiated peace agreements, and STC sources appeared to be more satisfied with the agreement than the other side. The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, had believed he would be able to announce the agreement between Hadi and the STC last week, but a last-minute dispute over the allocation of resources withheld the agreement. Griffiths visited Riyadh on Thursday for talks with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman. The long controversy arose from the 1934 Treaty of Taif between Yemen and newly formed Saudi Arabia and the subsequent demarcation of the border three years later. The ambiguity in the placement of the border has led to competing demands from Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the rest of the 20th century, complicated by traditional precolonial assertions, coarse border placement and uncertainty about the top of the mountain, which is mentioned in the original text of the treaty.  Two wars were fought across the border: 1934 and 1969. In the mid-1990s, the governments of both nations recognized the need for a clear and agreed border, first through a Memorandum of Understanding of February 1995 and then a meeting at Lake Como, Italy, which created the provisional “comic line” in the summer of 1997.  In a further sign of slow diplomatic progress, four joint observation posts have been established to monitor the ceasefire at the Red Sea port of Hodeida, for many years the flashpoint of conflict between the Houthis and Hadi forces.
This property is located southeast of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, an important place that treats Muslim pilgrims who arrive on their way to nearby Mecca.