Yemeni separatists arrive in Jeddah to negotiate with the government

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A delegation from the South Yemen Transitional Council arrived in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to negotiate with the government of Yemen, spokesman for the council Nizar Kassam said.

“The head of the (Transitional Council of South Yemen – ed.) Aidarus Qassem al-Zubeidi and his accompanying delegation of presidium members arrived in the city of Jeddah at the invitation of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Hayesam on Twitter.

In southern Yemen, hostilities continue between government forces and forces loyal to the Transitional Council of Southern Yemen, which advocates the separation of this part of the country from the north, where the rebels from the Shiite movement Ansar Alla (Houthis) rule.

The situation escalated on August 7, when troops loyal to the Transitional Council of South Yemen captured government agencies, military camps and government organizations in Aden.

After the intervention of Saudi Arabia, which, at the request of the internationally recognized government of Yemen, urged the separatists to vacate their positions and invited them to Jeddah to negotiate with the government, the Transitional Council formally agreed to the demands of Riyadh.

However, instead of freeing up positions in Aden, troops loyal to him began to seize other provinces in the south of the country. Since the beginning of the escalation, the Yemeni government has continued to accuse the UAE of providing financial and military support to the separatists and is demanding that Abu Dhabi end its policy of dividing Yemen.


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