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Saudi Arabia urges 'immediate' negotiations between Hadi government and UAE-backed Yemen separatists

The UAE-backed STC is fighting to break off from Yemen [Getty]

Date of publication: 6 September, 2019

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Yemeni officials say Saudi Arabia is pushing for a settlement between the Riyadh-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and UAE-backed separatists.

Saudi Arabia is pushing for a settlement between the internationally recognised Yemeni government and southern separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates, Yemeni officials said on Thursday.

Officials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE have met separately to agree on a draft agreement before presenting it to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and the separatist Southern Transitional Council, which took control of Hadi's interim capital of Aden, the officials said. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

In a strongly worded statement, Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it won't accept any attempts to "create a new reality in Yemen, using force or threats." It said that any threat to the stability of Yemen "amounts to a threat to the security and stability of the kingdom and the region."

The statement also called for "immediate" negotiations between Hadi's government and the STC.

Hadi's government has said the separatists must withdraw from its buildings and military camps in Aden before engaging in talks with them.

Hadi also wants militias of the STC in the southern areas to report to his government, a condition rejected by the STC and the UAE, officials said.

Meanwhile on Thursday, thousands of separatist supporters rallied in support of the UAE in Aden, many of them waving colorful UAE flags.

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