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Legitimate Govt. Stresses Need for STC to Withdraw from Aden

Legitimate Govt. Stresses Need for STC to Withdraw from Aden

Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 - 05:15
President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. (Saba news agency)
Aden, Riyadh – Ali Rabih and Asharq Al-Awsat
The legitimate government in Yemen stressed on Monday the need for the Southern Transitional Council to withdraw all of its forces from the interim capital, Aden.

President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi chaired an extraordinary cabinet meeting in Riyadh.

The gatherers also underlined the need for the government to resume its role in Aden after the STC pullout.

The Riyadh meeting was attended by Hadi’s deputy, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, Speaker Sultan al-Burkani, Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalek, Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maisari and Defense Minister Mohammed al-Maqdishi.

A government source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the STC withdrawal was a precursor to holding talks with the legitimacy.

The STC had seized control of public offices in Aden after four days of clashes with government forces earlier this month. The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened to restore calm. It has since called for dialogue between the rival parties and urged the STC to pull out of the city.

The STC indeed began to withdraw from Aden and has returned posts to the government, however, the majority of military camps remain under its control.

Hadi deemed the STC actions a “coup” against state institutions. It undermines stability in Yemen, threatens its unity and goes against the goals of the Arab coalition in confronting the expansionist Iranian agenda in the region, he told the Riyadh meeting.

The government hailed Saudi Arabia’s sincere stance, as expressed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on restoring calm in Aden and ending the separatist coup.

Hadi declared that Yemen “will remain defiant against all plots and conspiracies”, saying the people “long to be rid of the Houthi coup and march forward towards building a new united Yemen.”

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