The UAE official news agency WAM reported that the United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed called on Saturday for an end to the military escalation in Yemen’s southern city of Aden.
The UAE foreign minister expressed “deep concern” over the violence in Aden and called for “de-escalation”. He said that efforts should focus on confronting Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels, reiterating that the UAE is an active member of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
“Sheikh Abdullah called for a responsible and serious dialogue to end the differences and work on unity in this delicate phase while maintaining security and stability.” the official Emirati news agency WAM reported.
He said the UAE was “exerting all efforts to calm and de-escalate the situation in Aden”, saying the two camps should focus their efforts on fighting the Houthis not each other.
Sheikh Abdullah also called on the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths “to make all possible efforts to end the escalation in Aden”, the statement added.
On Thursday, the official government called Saudi Arabia and UAE to exert "urgent, strong pressures" on the STC to stop fighting in Aden.
The government has blamed the STC for the escalation and resultant disability and insecurity in the southern port city, the Aden-based Saba reported.
STC movements are "irresponsible actions that amounted to the use of heavy weapons and attempt to raid official institutions and army camps," it added.
Since Wednesday, forces of legitimate government and the Emirati-backed STC have been infighting, with tens casualties from both sides.