UAE minister: Coalition prepares with its political and military tools for a new phase in Yemen

UAE minister: Coalition prepares with its political and military tools for a new phase in Yemen

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen is preparing for a new phase of war and politics, said Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs.

Gargash added in a tweet on his account on Sunday, "The coalition is preparing for the next phase with its political and military tools and with determination to achieve its strategic objectives," said in a tweet on his documented account on Sunday.

The Arab coalition has achieved a set of strategic objectives in Yemen, led by "repelling attempts to change strategic balances in the region, the return of the state and the liberation of the land." Gargash said.

In his tweet said that nothing left for  Arab coalition in the Yemen war is only "a project of political stability and sustainability" comparing with the complicated wars in Iraq ,Syria and Afghanistan.

According to Gargash's tweets, monitored by Al-Masdar online, "the Arab alliance in Yemen, with its heart, Saudi Arabia and the United  Arab Emirates, is solid and strong and has strengthened its mechanisms in the crisis and war."

The tweets came days after UAE forces withdrew from military positions and bases in Marib and the west coast, and replacing it with  Saudi troops.

The UAE denies that its withdrawal is a retreat from its strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia, and says it wants to give a chance for  more than 90,000 troops from the local Yemeni forces that it has trained over the past period.

While observers believe the UAE’s, withdrawal does not change the reality of its control of the scene in the liberated areas of southern Yemen, through forces loyal to it and outside the government authorities.

Western newspapers say That Abu Dhabi abandoned Saudi Arabia, and that the escalation of disputes with Iran in the Arabian Gulf prompted it to withdraw from Yemen, in addition to its fear of mounting criticism of the coalition in the decision-making circles in the West and human rights organizations.

The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said the redeployment of UAE troops on the west coast was an indication of the coalition's support for the Swedish agreement and the implementation of the commitments made by the parties to the conflict in Stockholm, stressing that coalition officials assured him that the redeployment was aimed at putting peace first, at the heart of their efforts to restore peace and stability in Yemen."


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