UAE’s Prince’s visit to Saudi Arabia
The strong crown prince of Abu Dhabi toured Saudi Arabia on Monday and called for dialog to fix conflicts in Yemen after lethal conflicts between loyalists of government and forces backed by the UAE.
The battle in the second city of Yemen, Aden, matched Saudi-backed public troops against the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, both of whom have been battling Houthi militants since 2015.
While both are technically backed by a military coalition dominated by Saudi and Emirates, the Security Belt consists mainly of combatants who support President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and pursue an autonomous southern Yemen.
Speaking after meeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia close Mecca on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi said dialog was “the only way to fix Yemeni disagreements.”
In a declaration by the formal WAM news agency of the Emirates, the crown prince supported a Saudi call for an emergency conference between the fighting sides during his short tour, stating that it “embodies the prevalent concern for the stabilization of Yemen.”
Prince Mohammed also encouraged Yemeni groups to “take this chance and engage in discussions to achieve a compromise that is in Yemen and its people’s greatest interest.”
What the visit is about?!
According to a Saudi foreign ministry tweet, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also visited the conference, had distinct discussions with his Emirati partner.
They “reviewed the close relations between the two brotherly countries,” the Yemen situation, and “the different efforts to achieve security and stability,” he said.
The battle last week, which saw the Security Belt force enter the presidential palace and military stations of Aden, threatened to launch a fresh front in a complicated civil war that has ravaged the poorest country in the Arab world.
The state of Yemen has accused the UAE and the separatist Southern Transitional Council of staging a “rebellion” against it, which is united by many combatants from the Security Belt.
Aden is nominally taken by Yemen’s regime as its temporary capital, but Hadi is located in Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh called for dialog and a ceasefire that was supported by both the Yemeni government and the separatists.
Since 2015, Saudi-led coalition-backed conflict between the Houthis and Yemeni rebels has murdered tens of thousands of individuals, mostly civilians, claim aid agencies.
According to the United Nations, which estimates that nearly 80% of Yemenis need assistance, the nation is in the grasp of a humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing war.