The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan affirmed on Tuesday its support for the dialogue called for by Saudi Arabia to resolve differences and end the escalation in southern Yemen, and called for intensifying efforts to end the Yemeni crisis through a political solution.
Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.
During a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi also stressed the need to intensify efforts to end the Yemeni crisis, whose humanitarian consequences are exacerbated by a political solution according to the approved references to restore Yemen's security and stability.
"The continuation of the conflict will only lead to more suffering and destruction," he said, stressing the importance of moving quickly and effectively to end tension in Aden through dialogue.
The Jordanian foreign minister condemned the targeting of Saudi Arabia, saying: " that the security of Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is part of Amman’s security and stressing Jordan’s solidarity with Arab countries’ efforts aimed at safeguarding their security.."
For his part, Griffiths expressed his gratitude for what he called "the fruitful commitment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan" and reiterated his support for the Saudi initiative on the situation in southern Yemen.
On August 10, the Emirati-backed separatist STC's forces seized full control over the Yemeni southern port city of Aden, seat of the official government, following violent clashes with official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release seizure of Aden.
The Yemeni legitimate government dismissed the STC seizure as another coup in Aden, following the Houthi coup in Sana'a, holding the UAE and STC responsible for ramifications.
On the same day, the Saudi-led coalition called on the STC to pull back its forces from positions its forces seized last Saturday, and threatened to "use military force."
Riyadh called for immediate dialogue in the kingdom between Yemeni government and the STC.
While they quit some government civil offices, STC troops rejected withdrawal from military camps and security sites.
Southern separatists have exploited Yemen's war to enhance their presence in the south, backed by the UAE that helped the STC establishment in May 2017 to consist of bodies calling for separation, but also trained and armed local forces under STC command.
The STC claims to be representative for Yemeni southerners and seeks to impose control over all the south, but it is not fully supported by people there.
On Tuesday evening, a delegation from the transitional council arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the dialogue with the Yemen`s internationally recognized government, according to media sources close to the council.