The European Union on Wednesday welcomed a fresh deal signed between the Yemeni government and separatist council to end the conflict over several southern cities.

“The conclusion of the agreement … is an important step towards de-escalation and peace for Yemen and for the region,” the EU said in a statement.

The statement came a day after the peace deal was signed between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional council under auspices of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s capital.

The EU said that Yemen is closer to reach a negotiated and inclusive peace settlement that will put

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