Cease fire in Hudaydah, Yemen
(Statement by Foreign Minister Taro Kono)
1. Japan welcomes the progress that was achieved on Thursday, December 14, on the Yemen consultations in Stockholm, Sweden, including a cease-fire and withdrawal of troops in Hudaydah, prisoner exchanges and opening humanitarian corridors to the city of Taiz.
2. Although further discussion is needed toward the realization of peace, Japan highly appreciates the efforts by Mr. Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Yemen who has mediated, and by the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden which hosted the consultations, as an important step toward the stability of Yemen.
3. Japan strongly hopes that all parties continuously observe the agreement of the consultations that will lead to a further progress of the peace talk. Japan will continue to support the mediation efforts by Mr. Griffiths as well as the efforts towards peace by the parties concerned in coordination with the international community.