Home / International/ Saudi Arabia, UAE urge Yemen Government and separatists to halt fighting

Saudi Arabia, UAE urge Yemen Government and separatists to halt fighting

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Monday, 9 September 2019 00:00


The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and UAE-backed southern secessionists have been involved in armed clashes in Aden (AFP)


DUBAI (Reuters): Saudi Arabia and the UAE called on Yemen’s separatists and the internationally-recognised Government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to halt all military actions in south Yemen.

A joint statement by the two Gulf States, leaders of an Arab coalition that is battling Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis, called on the UAE-backed separatists and the Saudi-backed Government to prepare for “constructive dialogue” to end the crisis between the two nominal allies.

Talks to end the power struggle, in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, reached a dead-end and both sides were gathering troops to prepare for further battle, officials said on Friday, an indication that a rift between Saudi Arabia and ally UAE had deepened.

The war for the south has opened a new battlefront that risks further fragmenting Yemen and threatens to complicate UN efforts to end the multi-tiered war, which contains conflicts within conflicts.

“They (the two countries) also called for an immediate end to all military operations as well as violations against any public and private property,” the joint statement carried by State news agencies SPA and WAM, said. “They have been preparing for a constructive dialogue to end the dispute and address its effects,” it added. The breakaway movement is part of the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to restore Hadi’s Government which was ousted from power by the Houthis in the capital Sanaa in late 2014.

But they have clashed often with the Government and seized Aden, its interim base, last month. The UAE, which has been hostile to Hadi’s Government because it includes Islamists, intervened last week to support the separatists by launching air strikes on Government forces as they tried to recapture Aden, forcing them to withdraw. Saudi Arabia called on the separatists, who seek to revive the former South Yemen republic, to cede control of Aden and voiced its support for President Hadi on Thursday, threatening “to react decisively”.

However, yesterday’s statement said the two Gulf States reiterated their support of Yemen’s “legitimate government”.

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Doomsday experts and entrepreneurial policymaking

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Views of two economic experts caught my eye last week. While one has given a scathing criticism of the Government for its handling of the economy, the other has given an analysis of the so-called “debt problem” of Sri Lanka. Doomsday scenario by

Gotabaya’s promise and corporate Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

In the backdrop of the $ 93 billion economy, Sri Lanka is wobbling with overall household consumption declining to 4.7% growth and GDP forecasted at 2.7%, which means Sri Lanka is in for tough times. In this backdrop the first candidate off the block

Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the

Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u

Columnists More