Delegation from Southern separatists flies to Russia

A high-level delegation from the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) flew to Moscow on Sunday for talks with Russian officials.

The delegation, led by STC chairman Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, will hold talks with government officials and members of the Russian parliament on a host of files, the STC said in a statement, without elaborating.

The STC, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said the visit comes upon an invitation from the Russian government.

The Saud-backed Presidency announced on Dec. 18, 2020 the formation of a new government which included ministers nominated by the STC.

The new government was formed based on the Riyadh Agreement between the Exiled president Hadi’s government and the STC, which put an end to military clashes between forces of both parties.