The United Arab Emirates has decisively rejected a Yemeni Parliament session to be held in the southern port city of Aden, seat of the internationally-recognized government, the Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted a Yemeni informed source as saying.
UAE officials have refused the Yemeni Parliament assembly in Aden, the source added anonymously, despite the 4-day visit paid last week by Speaker Sultan al-Barakani to Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi.
No immediate comment could be obtained from Emiratis on remarks claimed by the source, or on reasons behind refusal, the AA reported.
The Yemeni Parliament has been experiencing division following the war, with most of its members in Houthi-held areas holding semi-regular sessions in Sana'a, including Speaker Raa'i. But their number has increasingly declined after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in his house by Houthis on the 4th of December, 2017, two days after he had declared his GPC party's disconnection from partnership with Houthis and called for uprising against the group.
Arrangements have been underway to hold Parliament session after Adha Eid in Mukalla, provincial capital of the Yemeni eastern governorate of Hadhramout, under guard of Yemeni-Saudi forces, according to parliamentary sources.
The Parliament speakership panel would hold opening session in Aden, before heading for Mukalla, where PMs would have arrived, to hold exceptional meeting, the sources added.
Barakani trip, however, failed to convince Emiratis to hold the Aden session, said the sources.
Last April, Emiratis denied Parliament meeting in Aden, pushing Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to have the session held in Seyoun under Saudi protection.
In his visit, Barakani met with UAE officials, mainly the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayd, whose troops have militarily been controlling most of Yemeni southern areas since liberation from Houthis in July 2015.
The Southern Transitional Council(STC), consisting of Yemeni southern bodies calling for separation from the North Yemen, particularly resists any parliament gathering in Aden.
The STC has local forces trained and armed by the United Arab Emirates, the key partner of Saudi Arabia in leading the Arab coalition. But such forces do not answer to the official government, make enemies of Muslim Brethren and other Islamic groups, and controls many southern cities and districts.