UAE defends its role in Yemen amid false media reports

Gargash says the UAE respects Yemen’s territorial integrity and the defeat of Al Houthi militants is the ultimate goal

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash attends the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers ahead of the 28th Summit of the Arab League in Riyadh on April 12, 2018. / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Manama: The UAE has stressed its commitment to the security and stability of Yemen and said claims by antagonistic media to the contrary were ‘peculiar’.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, took to Twitter on Thursday to highlight the UAE’s great achievements and humanitarian works in Yemen, while calling into question false media reports which claimed that the UAE had ‘greedy aspirations’ in the country.

“The UAE has always been with Yemen and its people. Such a stance had been instilled in us by Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan, may God rest his soul in eternal peace. Our endeavours since the independence of the UAE, and more recently within the Arab Coalition, have been clear evidence of this stance,” he said.

“The pure blood of our martyrs, offered by the UAE within the Arab coalition for the war of liberation and stability, is a proof of our commitment to Yemen and its people and to regional stability. Our sacrifices have contributed to the defeat of the Houthi militia and they have prevented its victory.”

“The claims give the bizarre impression that the UAE was keen on creating marginal confrontations that would impede the achievements on the ground,” he said.

“We must all be vigilant about those who seek to undermine efforts so that they can protect their personal and partisan interests. The days of the Al Houthi rebellion are numbered and the defeat of the insurgency is our ultimate goal,” he wrote adding that the UAE respected Yemen’s territorial integrity.

The UAE joined a Saudi-led coalition in 2015 aimed at restoring the internationally-recognised government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi which was toppled in a coup by Iran-backed Al Houthis.

Since then the forces have been able to win back 86 per cent of Yemeni territory, while heavy population centres remain under Al Houthi control.

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