Political Analysis

Hadi hails Arab Coalition role

Written by NY Staff

RIYADH: President of Yemen Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has praised the role played by the Arab Coalition, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in supporting Yemen.

During a joint meeting, held on Tuesday at his temporary residence in Riyadh, with his advisors and members of the Yemeni government’s delegation in Kuwait, Hadi praised the efforts exerted by the government team during consultations in Kuwait for 75 days.

He also pointed out that these efforts were made to achieve peace as a desirable end and in response to the fraternal and friendly calls as well as to implement the international resolutions, including the UN resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and the outcomes of the comprehensive national dialogue conference.

Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and the head of the government delegation to the consultations in Kuwait, Abdul Malik Mekhlafi, made a presentation on the nature of the work his team undertook during the consultation period at various stages.

Meanwhile, two suicide car bombings struck an army base in southern Yemen on Tuesday killing at least six soldiers and wounding 12 others, a military official said.

One bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of the base in the city of Habilayn, in Lahj province, while the second car bomb went off only 50 metres (yards) away, the official said.

The number of fatalities is likely to rise, the official added.

The base belongs to troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who earlier this year launched an offensive against Al-Qaeda militants.

The offensive, backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, pushed the militants out of several cities, including Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, but Al-Qaeda fighters have since regained some ground.

Yemen has been gripped by a devastating conflict that escalated in March 2015 when Saudi-led air strikes began against Houthi rebels after the insurgents seized northern and central parts of the country including the capital, Sanaa.

Loyalists backed by the coalition recaptured Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Shabwa and Daleh from the Houthi rebels a year ago.