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UAE Surprised over Yemeni Statement on Socotra

UAE Surprised over Yemeni Statement on Socotra

Monday, 7 May, 2018 - 10:45
Dragon's Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, are seen on Socotra island March 27, 2008. (File Phoot: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah/Files)
Abu Dhabi - Asharq Al-Awsat
UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has expressed surprise over the statement issued in the name of Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr, published on his official social media account, where he attacked the UAE in a manner against reason and realities on ground.

The ministry statement indicated that this does not "do justice to the monumental efforts the UAE is making within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in support of Yemen, and its stability and security."

It denounced including the issue of sovereignty in a way that has nothing to do with reality, specially under the current circumstances.

It added that it is fully aware of the role played by the Muslim Brotherhood in instigating malignant media campaigns against the UAE, and its integral role within the Arab Coalition in establishing peace and security and restoring legitimacy to Yemen.

"Such heinous campaigns led by the Muslim Brotherhood and which relates to Socotra island, fits within a long and repeated scenarios to distort the image of the UAE and its efficient contribution to the Arab Coalition efforts against the coup perpetrators led by Houthi militias," added the ministry.

UAE plays a balanced role in the Yemeni Socotra Island to establish peace and stability and support development projects for the Island’s residents, the statement said.

It added that the UAE military presence in all liberated Yemeni governorates, including Socotra, is within the endeavors of the Arab Coalition to support legitimacy in this critical juncture in Yemen's history.

The statement emphasized that the UAE has no ambitions in Yemen or any part of it, and its steps in many Yemeni governorates come within the context of supporting Yemen's security and stability, as well as helping legitimacy and the Yemeni people.

The statement concluded by confirming the need for concentration at this stage on confronting the Houthi danger, rather than distracting the Arab Coalition's efforts by "triggering unrealistic side tensions" that only serve Houthis and provide them with opportunities to pursue their coup and hijack Yemen and its capabilities.

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