Saudi Arabia and UEA Allow Al-Alimi’s Return to Aden
Saudi Arabia set the date for the return of Rashad al-Alimi, head of the Presidential Council to Aden, following a threat by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to target him.
The Saudi writer, Suleiman Al-Aqili, said that Al-Alimi will return next Monday and attend the inauguration ceremony of Consultation and Reconciliation Committee work, whose effectiveness is expected to be officially launched as an alternative to AlBarakani Parliament.
Al-Alimi’s decision to return to Aden comes at a time when the city is in a state of tension, with the factions of the “Southern Resistance Council” announcing a ban on Al-Alimi’s entry, following previous statements regarding the deportation of the southern case.
The return would put the transitional council in an embarrassing position, especially after its leaders pledged to prevent the return of al-Alimi and threatened it with political and military options, none of which has been implemented until now.
For its part, UAE agreed on Wednesday, to return Rashad al-Alimi, head of the Presidential Authority, to Aden, the stronghold of the factions loyal to it in southern Yemen, in a remarkable development that may reduce the influence of its followers there.
The Emirati ambassador, Hamad Al-Zaabi, informed Al-Alimi of his country’s approval on his return. Al-Zaabi had met earlier today with Al-Alimi and discussed with him the developments of the situation in the south.
Diplomatic sources reported that UAE’s approval came as a result of mediation led by the British ambassador to Yemen, Richard Oppenheim.
Late on Tuesday evening, Oppenheim met with the Emirati ambassador and asked him to put more pressure on the transitional government to stop its escalation in Aden against Al-Alimi.
UAE stipulated the issuance of a statement from Al-Alimi to calm the congested street in southern Yemen, which was actually done late, in which Al-Alimi tried to depict his previous interview with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper as having been “misunderstood.”
Despite his emphasis on the necessity of looking at the Yemeni issue as a whole, he underestimated the importance of the southern issue.
Al-Alimi expressed his adherence to the delegation that he reconstituted instead of forming an independent delegation from the south.
At the same time, he defended the postponement of the file of the southern issue by talking about the necessity of restoring the “state” first.