Government approves 10 fuel ships to enter Hodeidah port after obstruction by Houthis

Government approves 10 fuel ships to enter Hodeidah port after obstruction by Houthis

The Yemeni government has approved the entry of 10 ships loaded with oil derivatives, which the Houthi militia blocked their entry into the port of Hodeidah and unloaded the derivatives.

The government attributed the suspension of the Houthi coup sought to the 10 ships to first try to thwart efforts to implement the Stockholm Agreement, and secondly to prevent traders from complying with the implementation of government resolution 49 for 2019, which aims to collect tax, customs and other legal revenues and allocate them to the disbursement of Salaries of civilians in areas controlled by Houthi militias.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement, Monday, that the Yemeni government's initiative to allow ships to enter the port of Hodeidah and unload its cargo comes out of its keenness to accelerate the introduction of fuel shipments to Hodeidah, alleviate the suffering of citizens and improve the humanitarian situation in areas of submission. for the coup d'état militias, as well as in response to the requests of specialized international organizations, and in support of the efforts of the international envoy to implement the Stockholm Agreement.

The Government stressed the need to comply with the previous controls of Government Resolution 75 for 2018, and the obligation of traders with the 10 ships to pay cash for tax, customs and other legal returns in accordance with the Circular of the Economic Commission No. 5 (and under the supply portfolio issued by the Technical Office) to the Branch of the Central Bank of Yemen in Hodeidah and provide confirmed notices for this.

It stressed the need to oblige the coup militias to allow traders to complete their procedures directly to obtain the government approval document issued by the Technical Office of the Economic Commission, and not to prevent them from submitting any of the required documents or notices of payment of fees in accordance with the system in force in the rest of the ports The Republic also stressed the importance of submitting a bi-monthly report on treasury balances at the Central Bank of Hodeidah, as well as account balances for the supply of such fees.

The government called on the United Nations to do its part and take responsibility for controlling the funds at the Central Bank of Yemen branch in Hodeidah and ensuring that they are not withdrawn or used outside the payment of civilian salaries in accordance with the mechanism that is being completed and agreed upon, as well as to do their part and take responsibility for them to ensure that Houthi militias do not impose or collect any other taxes or fees on merchants.

The Foreign Ministry concluded its statement by stressing the ongoing discussions on the mechanism of applying Resolution 49 in the port of Hodeidah with the United Nations, and considering this initiative by the government for ships currently parked only in front of the port of Hodeidah, and that any future shipments after that are subject to the controls of Resolution 49 in accordance with the mechanism to be agreed and approved with the United Nations later.


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