The Yemeni internationally-recognized government and the Emirati-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) are close to reach a solution, Yemeni diplomat and officials said Monday, in a bid to end the power conflict in Aden and allow for coalition's temporary control over the southern port city.
Two parties are about to reach a deal within weeks and coalition forces will be deployed temporarily in Aden, Reuters quoted the Yemeni envoy to France, Riyadh Yaseen, as saying.
On 10 August, STC forces seized full control over Aden, seat of the official government, after 4-day fierce clashes with the official army that left 40 people killed and 260 others injured, according to UN release.
For more than a month, the Red Sea port city of Jeddah has been hosting indirect talks between Abu Dhabi-backed separatist STC and Riyadh-backed government, to end escalation and solve disagreement.
However, a source familiar with talks said there was progress at Jeddah talks. The dialogue is still underway on how to include the STC into the government, defuse tensions and redeploy forces.
Saudi Arabia has introduced a proposal to integrate the STC into President Hadi's government, two Yemeni government officials said, as Saudi troops will be deployed in Aden to supervise the establishment of a neutral security force there.
The STC's Security Belt forces tweeted that a deal would be signed in Jeddah within few days.