Saudi Arabia pulls the plug on Yemeni officials’ expenses

      Published on Sunday, 17 May , 2020      888 Views     
Saudi Arabia pulls the plug on Yemeni officials’ expenses

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Saudi authorities have asked Yemeni government officials residing in the capital Riyadh to leave and suspended the financial support provided to them.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a coalition fighting against Yemen’s Houthi movement in order to return the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to the capital, Sanaa.

Since then, most members of the Yemeni government allied or close to Saudi Arabia have been residing in the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah, at the expense of the Saudi government.

A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Arabi21 that Saudi authorities had informed officials and employees in the Yemeni presidency and the prime minister’s office, in addition to a number of ministries, about this new decision.

The same source added that “not all Yemeni officials and employees are accommodated at the expense of the Saudi government”, stressing that “most of the government staff live at their own expense”.

On the nature and tasks of those who have been notified to leave Saudi Arabia and denied financial support, the source explained that the decision targeted officials in the presidency and cabinet, including deputy ministers, in addition to others who had arrived in the kingdom earlier and were hosted in hotels for a short period before being transferred to apartments at the expense of the Saudi government.

A document circulated on social media platforms indicated that Yemeni officials and employees residing in Riyadh had been informed that the last payment provided by the state would be provided at the end of May.

According to the document, issued on 13 May, whoever wants to stay or extend their residence in Riyadh after 31 May would pay their own expenses.

Category Government | 2020/05/17 latest update at 9:00 PM
Source : MEE | Photocredit : Google
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