A Buffer Zone Between Saudi Arabia and Yemen Paves the Way for Ending War ( Video)

Sheba Intelligence | 2023-09-18 02:14 PM UTC


The Ansar Allah (Houthi) group has agreed to Saudi demands to create a demilitarized buffer zone along the Yemen-Saudi border, and the buffer is twenty kilometers deep, informed Houthi sources told Sheba Intelligence on Monday.


Previously, the Houthi group had rejected the idea of a buffer zone on the Saudi-Yemen border. However, according to the sources, the group has accepted the Saudi demand for the buffer zone.


The sources indicated that the Houthis requested a large sum of money from Riyadh in exchange for passing this agreement, expressing their willingness to prevent and fight the smuggling of weapons, drugs, and qat from Yemen to Saudi Arabia and not to harbor wanted persons or open camps for opponents of the regime in Saudi Arabia, as happened during the war period.


The Houthi group also pledged to hand over maps of mines in the border areas, especially in the buffer zone, expressing approval for any military and security measures taken by Saudi Arabia, including the use of military planes in the event of a serious threat inside the buffer zone, such as smuggling weapons and drugs.


If the Houthis and Saudi Arabia sign this unannounced agreement, it will be a gateway to arrangements for signing a comprehensive peace and reconstruction agreement. The comprehensive peace and reconstruction agreement will be preceded by confidence-building measures between the internationally recognized Yemeni government and the Houthi group. Extending the truce and addressing the humanitarian and economic issues, particularly paying the salaries of public employees and dividing oil and gas revenues, uniting the central bank and currency, and releasing the detainees are among the confidence-building procedures.


Sources in the ongoing negotiations say that the Chinese mediator agrees with the American vision regarding forming a joint government in Yemen and the need for the Houthis to create a political party and holding elections in the country.