Gargash: UAE and Saudi Arabia’s joint message on Yemen affirms their strategic partnership

Abu Dhabi (Debriefer)
2019-09-09 | Since 5 Month

United Arab Emirates State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday that the joint messages of the UAE and Saudi Arabia on developments in Yemen confirm the strategic partnership between the two countries, stressing that Saudi interests are the interests of the UAE.

Gargash tweeted: " The UAE and Saudi Arabia’s joint message on Yemen portrays a strategic and united partnership between the two states"

He added: " The interests of Saudi Arabia are the interests of the UAE. We have absolute trust in them. This partnership is “bound by goals and cemented with sacrifices."

Saudi Arabia and the UAE had hailed in a joint statement on Sunday that they support the truce in southern Yemen, after battles between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government backed by the kingdom and the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council revealed a rift between the two forces, which together lead a military alliance in support of the "legitimate" Yemeni government in its war against the Houthis (Ansar Allah).

The two countries said in a joint statement that they support "the legitimate government in its efforts to preserve the elements of the Yemeni state and defeat the Iranian project and defeat the Houthi militia and terrorist organizations in Yemen."

The two countries called on Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to "stop completely from any military movements or activities and stop the escalation of the media, which fuels sedition and fuel the dispute."

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.


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