Yemeni ex-minister: Saudis pressure on gov't to abandon Aden, Socotra

Aden (Debriefer)
2020-06-30 | Since 3 Month

The Yemeni resigned minister of transportation on Monday accused Saudi Arabia of acting on behalf of the United Arab Emirates and forcing his internationally-recognized government into abandoning Aden and Socotra in favor of the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
"Saudi Arabia overexerts itself on behalf of Emirates in pressuring the legitimate leadership into waiving Aden and Socotra to militias affiliated to Abu Dhabi intelligence," Saleh al-Jabwani tweeted.
"It was the signature of Riyadh Agreement that brought us to this point, as concession breeds surrender. The solution is through invalidating this pact, and the [battle] field will be gauge between us and Abu Dhabi," he added.
On Friday, Mr. Jabwani accused the Kingdom of colluding with the UAE in supporting the STC "militias", calling on Riyadh to correct what it "spoilt in Yemen, or to leave" the country.
"If Saudi Arabia keeps on following the UAE, Yemenis will have another approach" to dealing with its presence in Yemen, the former minister said at TV interview.
Having colluded and plotted against the official government, Riyadh handed Socotra Archipelago to Abu Dhabi, he added.
Jabwani presented his resignation to the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi last March in protest of a decision by the prime minister, Maeen Abdulmalek, suspending him.

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