Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen moved to the southern city of Aden, an aide to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Thursday, in an apparent snub to the Houthi faction that has taken control of the capital Sanaa.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.
Saudi Arabia joined Western states this month in evacuating its embassy in Sanaa following a power grab by the Iranian-backed northern Houthis, viewed with suspicion by the Gulf’s rulers.
Ambassador Mohammed Said al-Jaber’s move to Aden, Yemen’s economic hub, underlines Saudi Arabia’s support for Hadi, who fled to the port city last week after the Houthis forced him to announce his resignation and held him under house arrest in Sanaa for a month.
“The Saudi ambassador returned to Aden yesterday together with the Gulf Cooperation Council secretary-general and began today to pursue his mission officially in Aden,” said Rajeh Badi, an aide to Hadi. He said envoys from the other Gulf Arab states would follow suit.