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Yemen Govt. Refuses to Engage in Jeddah Talks before STC Pullout from Aden

Yemen Govt. Refuses to Engage in Jeddah Talks before STC Pullout from Aden

Thursday, 22 August, 2019 - 06:00
The legitimate Yemeni government reiterated its refusal to engage in dialogue with the Southern Transitional Council before it withdraws its forces from Aden. (AFP)
Aden – Ali Rabih
The legitimate Yemeni government reiterated on Wednesday its refusal to engage in dialogue with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) before it withdraws its forces from the city of Aden.

An STC delegation had arrived in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Tuesday for urgent talks called for by the Kingdom to discuss the recent clashes in the interim Yemen capital.

The STC had seized government offices and military camps in Aden after days of bloody clashes with legitimate forces. Saudi Arabia intervened to end the fighting and has called for dialogue between the government and STC.

Unheeded, the STC captured on Tuesday camps in Zinjibar city in the Abyan province east of Aden. Zinjibar is the hometown of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The six-member STC delegation, chaired by former Aden governor Aidrous al-Zubaidi, had held talks with Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, revealed information obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat.

They stressed the need to support Saudi Arabia’s backing of the legitimacy in Yemen, preserve state institutions and restore security and stability.

Prince Khalid praised the STC for accepting the Kingdom’s call for dialogue and its compliance with the Saudi-led Arab coalition's demand for a ceasefire. He underscored the need to resolve disputes through dialogue, work on uniting ranks to confront the Iran-backed Houthi militias and prevent Yemen from falling into the clutches of the Iranian regime.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hadrami stressed that the government will not hesitate in confronting any development that undermines the security and stability of Yemen, official sources quoted him as saying after meeting with US Charge d’affaires, Junaid Mounir.

The government will work on ending the armed coup staged by the UAE-backed STC through all possible constitutional and legal means, he vowed.

He held the STC and UAE responsible for the repercussions of the Aden rebellion, demanding that Abu Dhabi cease its military support to the council.

Hadrami called on the international community, especially the United Nations Security Council, to condemn the Aden coup against the internationally-recognized government.

The rebellion not only undermines de-escalation efforts called for by Saudi Arabia, but also UN efforts to end the coup by the Houthi militias in Yemen, he warned.

Yemeni Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani slammed the Aden developments, saying that only Iran can benefit from the unrest given its economic crisis back home.

“The Yemeni people stand united with the legitimate government and any support for the Aden chaos and liberated areas is tantamount to absolute support to Iran and its terrorist militias,” he said in a series of tweets.

“We will not stand idly by and we still possess means to deal with such developments,” he warned, while hailing Saudi Arabia for calling for the dialogue to ease tensions between the STC and government.

The UAE had strongly condemned on Wednesday allegations that it was supporting the STC coup, underlining its firm stance as an Arab coalition partner and determination to continue exerting all efforts to de-escalate the current situation in Yemen.

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