Yemeni minister accuses UAE of links with Qaeda, Daesh

Aden (Debriefer)
2019-09-18 | Since 5 Month

Yemeni official minister of transportation, Saleh al-Jabwani

Minister of transportation at the Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Wednesday accused the United Arab Emirates of having relations with the terrorist al-Qaeda and Daesh groups.
The UAE is a key player in a Saudi-led coalition that intervened militarily in Yemen in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.
"We have every evidence of the Emirati relations with Qaeda and Daesh groups in Yemen, by names," Saleh al-Jabwani claimed. The UAE "uses these terrorists to hit army reinforcements on the Shabwa-Abyan road."
The minister called on people and tribes of the two southern governorates to "take a stance towards the Emirates and its terrorists" lest everyone is affected "due to these crimes."
On 28 August, UAE airstrikes targeted Yemeni official troops at fringes of Aden and in the neighboring governorate of Abyan to halt their advance towards the restoration of Aden.
On August 10, the Emirati-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council's (STC's) forces seized full control over the Yemeni southern port city of Aden, following violent clashes with official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.
The UAE said their aircraft targeted, with "limited strikes, terrorist militias posing a threat to coalition forces," and that they reserve the right to self-defense.
On August 30, the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Saudi Arabia to intervene and stop the "Emirati blatant interference" in support of the separatist STC forces, citing the airstrikes on official army.
The Yemeni official government has accused the United Arab Emirates of diverting from the coalition goals and supporting the "rebellious coup" in Aden.
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 group seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.
On 10 September, Minister Jabwani accused the Emirates of using Yemeni seaports and airports to bring weapons for the separatist rebels in Aden.
Recently, the UAE has "started flights to and fro Rayan airport [in Hadhramout] without any coordination with the transportation ministry, and it's using the country's ports to bring weapons for the separatist STC forces in Aden."
The minister vowed to "put an end for these breaches .. soon, by raising the issue at table of ICAO, IMO and other international relevant groups."
Based in Hadhramout provincial capital of Mukalla, Rayan is one of the Yemeni key airports. After Mukalla was freed from Qaeda control in April 2016, the facility has been closed before flights.
Last Sunday, Yemeni Parliament deputy speaker Abdul Aziz Jubari, deputy premier Ahmed al-Maysari and transportation minister Jabwani called for the UAE to be expelled from the Arab coalition and be sued at international court over its "crimes against Yemenis."
In a statement, jointly signed by them, the three officials said from Cairo they would continue straggle until the State's institutions in the south are restored and unite efforts to confront Houthi coup.
"Emirati partnership in the Arab coalition must be ended, for it has diverted from objectives for which the coalition was called, namely to overthrow the Houthi coup and restore the State, under leadership of President Hadi," the statement added.
The UAE "supported the Aden coup against legitimacy, and has been backing projects to tear Yemen and its national and community texture, by forming and arming fellow militias out of the State," it said.

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