The United Arab Emirates-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has threatened to confront and prevent a meeting for parliament members loyal to the exiled Saudi-backed Hadi government in the southern Yemeni city of Seiyun.
Ahmed Ben Brik, a member of the Southern Transitional Council and president of the so-called Southern National Assembly, confirmed during a graduation ceremony of a new batch of UAE-backed militias in the City of Aden that he refused to hold any session with members of the Seiyun Council in the southern provinces.
He added that the meeting in Seiyun is a “provocation”, which the pro-UAE Southern Transitional Council rejects and will not allow to take place.
For their part, the Hadi’s government officials reacted by accusing the UAE of obstructing parliamentary sessions in a number of southern provinces.
The UAE occupation militias control all the southern provinces through its the so-called Southern Transitional Council militias, including most of the province of Hadhramaut, in which Seiyun is located.
Despite the Emirates being officially allied to Saudi Arabia in the invading coalition that has been attacking Yemen since 2015, there is a severe rift in terms of strategic goal between the two invaders. Whereas Saudi Arabia is aiming to restore the puppet government of Hadi to power in all of Yemen, the Emiratis reportedly seek to establish an independent UAE-dominated state in southern Yemen.