Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) denied the existence of fissures in the coalition that supports the illegitimate government in Aden in their conflict against the National Salvation government based in Sana’a.
“The Governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in line with their responsibilities as members of the coalition that supports the legitimate Government to save Yemen and its people from the coup d’etat of the Houthi militia, backed by Iran, reaffirm the continuation of its political, military, aid and development efforts, with the participation of coalition countries that rose to support the Yemeni people,” cites the Saudi SPA agency a joint statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of both countries.
The statement expresses the rejection and condemnation of both countries to “accusations and defamation campaigns directed against the UAE,” perhaps in reference to the conjecture that this nation supports the separatists in southern Yemen.
The document also emphasizes the need for a total commitment to cooperate with the joint committee established by the coalition to “separate and relocate forces” in the Shabwa and Abyan governorates in southern Yemen.
Coalition spokesman Turki Maliki said earlier that the committee will be operational this August 26.
In a separate statement, the Emirati Foreign Ministry condemned ‘the Houthis’ for firing six ballistic missiles in the direction of the Saudi city of Jizan, while of course ignoring the genocide perpetrated by themselves and the Saudis.
Yemen has been in a state of war since 2014 between the supporters of the Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi based in Aden and the National Salvation Government based in Sana’a.
In March 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and composed mostly of countries from the Persian Gulf intervened in the conflict. This has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with the coalition receiving little condemnation.