The Arab coalition fighting against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen is preparing for the next phase in the war, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said Sunday.
"The coalition is preparing for the next phase with its political and military tools and is determined to achieve its strategic objectives,"Dr. Anwar Gargash added on Twitter, in remarks seen as implicit comment on the Emirati pullout from Yemen 4-year war.
"The Arab coalition in Yemen, with the sister Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at its heart, is solid and strong, and crisis and war trial has enhanced its mechanisms," he claimed.
Saudi Arabia and UAE have been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group.
But the Emirates has recently decided to reduce its troops in some Yemeni areas propped by desire to get out of a very costly war, although says it is still committed to the coalition and Yemeni government.
New wars are complicated, Gargash said, citing Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria as examples. But in comparison, the coalition "repelled attempts to change the balance of power in the region, restored the government,freed land and what now remains is restoring sustainable political stability."
The UAE thinks now it has "fully done its national duty, maybe more than others, after four years of involvement for which it paid high price, certainly more than others," former political advisor of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince claimed.
"It's time to introduce untraditional initiatives or even brave concessions. A change is also needed in strategies as tactics to end the Yemen war, make peace, support the legitimate government and confront the Houthi project and Iranian expansionist agenda," Abdul Khaliq Abdullah added in an article carried by CNN Arabic website.
No one can blame the UAE or say it was responsible for prolonging the war in Yemen, where he said a national settlement should be reached to stop the 4-year-old war.
The UAE formed, trained and equipped many Yemeni military and security divisions to fight Houthis but also al-Qaeda that exploited civil war to expand its influence in the south, although the gulf state claims the group was forced out.
But such forces do not answer to the official government, make enemies of Muslim Brethren and other Islamic groups, and control many southern cities and districts.
Yemen conflict hastriggered what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with most of the population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 14 million people risking famine and some 1.8 million children suffering malnutrition.