UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday demanded the withdrawal of southern separatists from positions they seized in the city of Aden before any political dialogue with them.
The Yemeni Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Yemeni government renewed its welcome to the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to hold a meeting to face the consequences of the coup in Aden.
“But it must first be committed to the statement in the coalition statement of the need to withdraw the Transitional Council from the positions seized during the past days before any dialogue.”
The southern separatist council confirmed its readiness for the dialogue called for by Riyadh, but has so far shown no willingness to withdraw from the positions it held in Aden, including the presidential palace.
The United Nations said on Sunday about 40 people had been killed and 260 wounded in the fighting in Aden.
According to security sources close to the Southern Transitional Council, it currently controls in Aden five camps belonging to the Yemeni government, the presidential palace in addition to the Prime Minister’s building.
Aden has been the provisional capital of the government since the Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa in September 2014.
This is not the first time that the separatists of the Southern Transitional Council have clashed with units loyal to President Hadi.
In January 2018, Aden witnessed fierce fighting between separatists and government forces, killing 38 people and injuring more than 220 others.
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