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MOSCOW, March 18 (Itar-Tass) – Moscow lauds the launch of the National Dialogue Conference in Yemen and hopes that the political process will be stable and irreversible, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.
“On March 18 the National Dialogue Conference started working in Sanaa. The forum will involve 565 people, who represent key political parties and forces, including non-governmental organisations, youth and women associations. The participants in the Conference should resolve the key social, economic and political issues, including the state structure, the reform of the army and security forces, and the economic development of the country,” the ministry said.
“Moscow hopes that presidential and parliamentary elections will take place in Yemen in February 2014 in compliance with the Al Riyadh agreements on the peaceful handover of power,” the ministry said.
“In our view, all national political forces should rally around incumbent President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and work on keeping the balance of forces in the country in order to prevent the repetition of confrontation. We confirm our principled position to back Hadi’s policy towards carrying out reforms in the country,” the ministry said.