Days after the Aden coup. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed arrives in Saudi Arabia

Days after the Aden coup. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed arrives in Saudi Arabia


The Crown Prince of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, arrived in Jeddah today, days after the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) fighters carried out a military coup against Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Yemen’s interim capital, Aden.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he was greeted by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom, Shakbot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, and Director of the Royal Protocol Office in Mecca, Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zafer.

The agency did not give further details about the visit or its causes, but it is certainly related to the events in Aden in the past few days, which were the control of Yemeni government headquarters and camps by forces affiliated with the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

The visit comes a day after a bilateral summit between Saudi King Salman bin AbdulAziz and Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, attended by senior officials of the two countries, discussed "the unfortunate events that have taken place in Aden."

According to Saba news agency, King Salman reiterated the kingdom's rejection of the STC’s practices targeting the state's military, security and civilian institutions and their rejection of anything that would undermine state institutions."

The visit comes against the backdrop of a media exchange between Saudi and Emirati figures over the "Aden coup", and this was manifested on social media pages, while Emirati tweeters were attacking the legitimacy of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and supporting the coup d'état of the Council. In transition, Saudi writers were on the contrary, and the UAE was accused of blasphemy in Saudi Arabia.

In a Reuters report, it said the capture of Aden by UAE-backed separatists would put Saudi Arabia in a difficult position to maintain the cohesion of a military alliance fighting the Iranian-allied Houthis.

The Saudi-led coalition supporting yemen's government responded on Sunday, saying it attacked one of the targets after threatening to act unless Council forces stopped firing.

Reuters described the two sides as nominal allies of the coalition fighting the Houthis who drove Hadi's government out of the capital Sanaa in 2014, but their objectives are conflicting."

Reuters asked: Did the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen break up?, answering: The alliance did not disintegrate but cracked.

While Riyadh called for an emergency summit in Saudi Arabia to contain the crisis, the UAE has asked UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to put pressure on both sides.

"The use of separatist armed groups from across the South... It was always a kind of fire play. It is surprising that the UAE says that it is the UN special envoy who has to solve the problem."

The Saudi-led coalition demanded an immediate ceasefire and the immediate return of all military components and formations from the transitional and security belt forces immediately to their positions and withdraw from the positions they have captured in the past days, and not to harm public and private property, as he called for Coming to the Kingdom for dialogue and resolving the dispute."

Despite media reports of the response of the "transitional" to these calls and the beginning of its withdrawal from some sites, military and field sources as well as the statements of the leaders of the Transitional Council confirmed that there was no withdrawal but their reaction was closer to the challenge and promised more wars and control elsewhere South.


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