Dialogue is “the only way” to calm the situation in Yemen – Riyadh and Abu Dhabi

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said during his visit to Saudi Arabia during his meeting with the Saudi monarch that dialogue is “the only way” to resolve differences between Yemenis.

“The dialogue is the only way to resolve any differences between the Yemenis,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said, after Riyadh called on the conflicting parties in Aden for an “urgent dialogue” in Saudi Arabia.

He added that the call “reflects the common concern for the stability of Yemen, and represents an important framework to defuse sedition and achieve solidarity among the people of the same nation.”

Sheikh Mohammed called on the conflicting Yemeni parties to “seize the opportunity offered by this call (…) to dialogue and to deal positively with it for a consensus that is in the best interest of Yemen.”

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi added that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi agree on “the immediate demand of the conflicting Yemeni parties to prevail in the language of dialogue and reason and in the interest of Yemen.”

Emergency visit following violent clashes

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz received on Monday an emergency visit to Mona, Saudi Arabia, and discussed the situation in Yemen, the official SPA news agency reported. The agency also confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the meeting.

Later, the Saudi Crown Prince met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and discussed “developments on the Yemeni arena and efforts exerted towards them in order to achieve their security and stability.”

The two Gulf states are the cornerstone of the military coalition that has intervened in Yemen since March 2015 to halt Houthi progress.

Violent clashes have erupted since Wednesday in Aden between separatists and forces loyal to internationally recognized Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, although they have been fighting in the Saudi-led military alliance against the Houthis since 2015.

The Yemeni government has accused the Southern Transitional Council and the UAE of bearing the “consequences of the coup” in Aden, calling on Abu Dhabi to immediately stop its financial and military support for the separatists.

The “security belt”, which has influence in the south of Yemen and is fighting the Houthis in government forces, is backed by the United Arab Emirates, a key member of a Saudi-led military alliance in the country against the Houthis.

These forces are composed mainly of southerners who want independence for southern Yemen and belong to the Southern Transitional Council.


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