UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have a secret strategy to divide Yemen, Yemen’s ambassador to UNESCO said on May 16, saying his country will not accept a foreign military presence on Iraq. island of Socotra located in the south of the country.
In an interview with Qatari channel Al Jazeera on May 16, Yemen’s permanent representative to UNESCO, Ahmed al-Sayyad, said that “Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have agreed on a secret plan to divide his country, reaffirming the categorical refusal of the Yemeni government of any military presence of the Arab Coalition or other on the island of Socotra.
“It is time to sit down at the table with the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to find out what they want in Yemen,” the diplomat said, noting that “the government Yemeni does not agree with Abu Dhabi on its support for the separatists in the south of the country, and on the idea of bringing the regime of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh back to power.”
Regarding the situation on the island of Socotra, occupied by UAE military forces since May 2, according to press reports, the Yemeni ambassador to UNESCO said that “there is no valid justification for a foreign military presence on the island which is 350 km from the southern coast of Yemen “. “Yemen has decided to send an international delegation to the island of Socotra [to assess the situation on the ground, ed] before it becomes a threatened heritage,” he added.
In conclusion, Ahmed al-Sayyad called for “putting an end to this absurd war” which continues to plague the country daily.
The island of Socotra is one of the four islands of the archipelago that bears the same name. It is on the heritage list of humanity, with hundreds of rare plant and animal species, some of which no longer exist anywhere else.
Since August 2014, Yemen has been in the midst of an armed conflict between Houthi rebels and military loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed on December 4, and the government forces. Popular militias loyal to incumbent President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by the Arab coalition.