A meeting between Sheikh And "Bin Afarar" and the Deputy Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia. Does it end the tension in Al-Mahrah?

A meeting between Sheikh And "Bin Afarar" and the Deputy Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia. Does it end the tension in Al-Mahrah?


Months of tension and protests were held in the province of Al-Mahra (far east of Yemen) on Saturday, a meeting held in the Saudi city of Jeddah, the tribal leader and social figure Sheikh Abdullah Isa bin Afrar met with Prince Khalid bin Salman, deputy defense minister of Saudi Arabia.

Ben Afrar, who heads a popular body known as the "Council of Sons of Al-Mahrah and Socotra", said he visited Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the Leadership of the Arab Alliance and met during his visit with the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister.

On his official Facebook page, Ben Afrar posted a brief note in which he said that during his visit he met with Prince Khalid bin Salman, deputy defense minister of Saudi Arabia, and discussed with him the general conditions in the provinces of Al-Mahra and Socotra, the dangers they fear and the aspirations of the sons of the two provinces.

In the first comment on the visit, Al-Mahra Governor Rajeh Bakret welcomed the visit, which comes amid tension in the southern provinces.

"We welcome the process of convergence and understanding, which we are fully confident will reflect positively in the future on the region of Al-Mahra and Socotra in various fields," Bakret said in a tweet.

"What we hope is that the rest of the parties will follow, and the interests of the region and the country will overcome all interests."

The visit comes days after an armed rebellion so-called UAE-backed Transitional Council (STC) in Aden and its leader confirmed their intention to take control of Al-Mahra province and Hadramout valley.

Al-Mahra province is witnessing protests and tensions, which were marred by armed clashes between citizens rejecting the Saudi military presence in the province and local forces supported by the Kingdom, and the presence of Saudi military forces in Al-Mahra province, which borders Oman, Saudi military forces extend their control over air and sea ports. .

Is this a start to end the tension in Al-Mahra province between tribal groups opposed to the Saudi presence and Saudi forces?

Ibn Afrar has influence among tribes in the provinces of Al-Mahra and Socotra and enjoys good relations with Sultanate of Oman, and is the son of the last sultans of the "Afrariyah Sultanate", which ruledAl-Mahra and fallen before the unification of the principalities, sultanates and sheikhdoms of southern Yemen in 1967.


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