Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defence Khalid bin Salman and the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed have met to discuss military issues, shortly after Riyadh said it that it has a “positive view” of the truce offered by Ansarullah.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Saudi Vice Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed three “challenges facing the Persian Gulf region and efforts to confront them” in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, UAE state news agency WAM reported.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are key partners in the Saudi-led military invasion of Yemen, but have been butting heads over the past years due to different long-term strategic goals.
Last month, Ansarullah offered to halt its retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia if the kingdom ends its bombing campaign against Yemen.
Prince Khalid said on Friday that Saudi Arabia perceived the truce “positively,” adding “this is what we have always sought, and we hope it will be implemented effectively.”
The offer and the kingdom’s belated welcome followed a recent major ground operation by Yemenis which resulted in a massive Saudi defeat in Najran, as well as a spectacular drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry that impacted the Saudi economy greatly.
Source: Press TV