Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi today paid an inspection visit to the country’s eastern province of Hadramout, within the program of visiting the liberated provinces from terrorist groups and militias of Al-Houthi and ousted Saleh, Yemen News Agency reported.
The same source added that the visit aimed at inspecting the situation and the return of services in the liberated provinces.
The Yemeni President was associated with Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Obeid bin Daghar and a number of officials.
The president praised efforts in the province to “eradicate the forces of evil and terrorism” and bring “security and stability” back to Mukalla.
Quoted by the official news agency Saba, Hadi stressed the need to “tighten our ranks to meet the challenges we face”, a reference to Al-Qaeda fighters still active across the vast province.
Yemen’s internationally recognised government has been based in second city Aden since it was retaken from Shiite Huthi rebels last year.
Retaking Mukalla was facilitated by the intervention of Emirati special forces, members of a Saudi-led coalition that backs Hadi’s government.
A local official survived an assassination attempt on Sunday in Shibam, around 100 kilometres (65 miles) north of Mukalla, in an attack security sources blamed on Al-Qaeda.
They said Faraj Neji survived an ambush but two of his guards were killed.
Loyalist forces have been struggling to secure territory taken by the Huthis since the summer of 2015.
A military official said Sunday that five rebels were killed in a coalition air raid in the southern Shabwa province.
Also in Shabwa, three armed tribesman were killed in an ambush by fighters belonging to the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda, security officials said.
Yemen’s conflict has allowed militant organisations including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group to expand, mainly in the country’s vast desert east.