The Guardian: Saudi-Emirati statement an attempt to cover up differences and may not have an impact on southern Yemen

The Guardian: Saudi-Emirati statement an attempt to cover up differences and may not have an impact on southern Yemen

The British Newspaper The Guardian downplayed the importance of the joint statement of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in which they affirmed their support for the legitimate government in Yemen and calling for an immediate halt to military operations and media campaigns, likely to have no impact on the ground in southern Yemen.

The Guardian said the statement by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is an attempt to cover up the growing differences and disparities between Yemen’s two allies.

The newspaper added that there is no guarantee that the Joint Saudi-UAE appeal, which took place four days after the Jeddah meetings, "will be carried out on the ground in Aden, the scene of the worst fighting.""

The Guardian said in its Monday edition that the joint statement is not clear whether it aims to end the five-year-old division in Yemen, or will end the fighting between the Saudi-backed government and the UAE-backed Transitional Council.

The newspaper pointed out that the positions of the two countries have varied since their intervention in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia was "determined to weaken the Houthi rebels in the north, fearing an Iranian presence on its border with Yemen, “while the interests of the United Arab Emirates focus on controlling the port of Aden and not subservience to the Houthis.

The newspaper stressed that the conflict of priorities between Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen, reduced military pressure on the Houthis, as well as influenced Washington's strategy in the Gulf and its policy toward Iran, pointing out the impact of Saudi Arabia’s position and the UAE in the administration.

According to the newspaper, al-Transitional's control over southern Yemen is enough to achieve the UAE's goals, but this will be at the expense of dividing Yemen and Saudi Arabia' goals.


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