King Salman, MBZ discuss Yemen amid Saud-Emirati disagreement

Jeddah (Debriefer)
2019-08-12 | Since 4 Month

King Salman meets in Mecca with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, in the presence of MBS

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The Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz on Monday discussed in Mecca with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zaied (MBZ) all the regional situation, Yemeni developments in particular, the Saudi Press Agency SPA said.

But no details were given in SAP report on the content of discussions, in the presence of Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) and leading officials from both countries.

The meeting comes amid Saudi-Emirati undeclared disagreement on Yemen, leaving a rift in the Saudi-led coalition backing the legitimate government in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Houthis.

The discussions were preceded by Sunday meeting between King Salman and the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his Premier Maeen Abdulmalek to address Aden events.

The disagreement between the coalition's two key partners occurred more obvious in the last few days, mainly after 4-day fierce fighting between the internationally-recognized government and Emirati-backed separatists who seized Saturday control over the Yemeni southern port city of Aden.

On Saturday, the Yemeni official government accused the United Arab Emirates and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) of leading a coup against legitimacy in Aden, holding them responsible for "consequences of this coup".

The government called the UAE to "stop its financial support and pull its military support provided to these rebellious groups," but the Emiratis kept silent.

On the same day, however, the coalition called on the STC to pull back its forces from positions they had seized from government and to not abuse public and private properties.

In a statement, the coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki called for immediate ceasefire in Aden, starting from 1:00 AM Sunday, although gunfire had already stopped following STC's seizure of all government camps and presidential palace.

While the Saudi-led coalition threatened to "use military force against anybody not abiding by ceasefire," Riyadh invited both sides for dialogue.

On Sunday, coalition commenced realizing its threats with its aircraft striking three empty posts in the palace and camp under STC control.

Having accepted the Saudi call for dialogue with government, the STC has refused to withdraw from positions held by its forces.

Saudi Arabia, along with UAE, has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake northern areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group.

Southern separatists have exploited Yemen's war to enhance their presence, backed by the UAE that helped establishment of STC in May 2017 to consist of Yemeni southern bodies calling for separation, but also trained and armed local forces under STC command.

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