Yemen, UAE Agree on Deal Over Socotra

Nichole VegaMay 15, 2018

Dr. Al Zayani said that the Gulf initiative to resolve the Yemeni crisis has received support from Arab, regional and global countries, pointing out that Yemen is a neighbor of the GCC countries that are working to address the Yemeni crisis through six tracks. The pro-Saudi government, however, appears very concerned by the UAE's bid to take over the island, which comes amid further UAE efforts to take strategic points around the country.

A Saudi military spokesman says that its troops have landed on the Yemeni island of Socotra, listed by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site and the focus of a dispute between Yemen and its ally, the United Arab Emirates.

Hours after the announcement, the prime minister left the island, returned to Aden's airport and then immediately headed toward Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh, according to local sources.

The UAE has set up prisons and armed groups in the region, causing officials of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government to accuse Emirati troops of behaving like an "occupier".

There was no immediate confirmation of the report from Saudi authorities.

Saudi Arabia has announced Sunday that they are deploying troops to the Yemeni island of Socotra.

Bin Daghr "listened to the committee about the implementation of the agreement, which foresees the pullout of the UAE forces from Socotra, the elimination of tension and the mechanism to ensure that the security forces at Socotra airport and port will return to their duties", Saba said.

The ministry emphasized that the UAE has "no ambitions" in Yemen or any part of it, and its steps in many Yemeni governorates come within the context of supporting Yemen's security and stability, as well as helping legitimacy and Yemeni people.

The island of Socotra was isolated from the land millions of years ago.

A Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign in Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of preventing Houthi rebels and Saleh supporters from taking control of the country.

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