The UAE’s message on Yemen

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

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The UAE’s recent message to the Security Council about Yemen confirms the established principles of the coalition in support of legitimacy in Yemen and which is led by Saudi Arabia. It also supports efforts of the UN envoy there in accordance with UN resolutions, the Gulf initiative and the outcomes of the national dialogue.

Some UN bodies lack the knowledge and awareness about the regional and political conditions that control some of the crises in the region. Some of these bodies’ officials seek personal glory and have no problem that the crisis is ongoing to an unacceptably long duration.

A clear perspective

The Yemeni crisis is one of these crises where without a clear stance regarding the Houthi crimes and without considering the Houthis as a terrorist force that has hijacked the state, the political process would remain in disarray for a prolonged period without there being any real political solution.

The UAE’s message stressed that military solutions are the last resort. However, liberating Hodeida is a necessity so that the Houthis accept a political solution and return to negotiations. I believe that this is necessary on all fronts, especially as the coalition is fully supported by the US administration which two of its prominent figures — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis — said that the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE is extremely keen on not subjecting civilians to any harm and is operating based on the highest global standards in this regard.

The Houthis’ abstention from any political negotiations and talks is clear evidence that they prefer that the situation stays as it is without changing it or improving it.

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

The Houthis’ abstention from any political negotiations and talks is clear evidence that they prefer that the situation stays as it is without changing it or improving it. This is an Iranian-Brotherhood request that’s supported by Qatar and that is preferred by UN institutions. On the other hand, the Yemeni state, army and resistance and the Arab Coalition want a real solution that rids the Yemeni people from the Houthi militia and the terrorist militias as well, both are important missions for the Yemeni people, the state and other countries.

Popular support

The US administration has made it clear that it supports the Yemeni state and the Arab Coalition. The Arab Coalition supports the Yemeni state in finding an effective solution for Yemen and in supporting what must be militarily done as a last resort to eliminate this Iranian militia and restore the state and the capital Sanaa from these militias’ violent ideological claws.

The Yemeni people know what the Coalition in support of legitimacy represents as a supporting friend and savior in these bleak circumstances they’re going through. People also greatly appreciate the historical role played by the Coalition at the political, economic and humanitarian levels and welcome the military victories that is leading towards freedom and demand more of these victories.

It is the Saudi-UAE alliance that is leading the interests of the Arab world and confronting the Iranian threat in the region and the world. It is also the one that saved a number of Arab countries after the fundamentalist and extremist Muslim Brotherhood spring that’s known as the ‘Arab Spring’. It strengthened the old international alliances with major powers in the world, while working everywhere to achieve major goals. This alliance has been victorious and time has proven its effectiveness.

Paving way for political process

The UAE’s message to the Security Council conveyed a clear stance that sums up the position of the Coalition and is consistent with the vision and goal upon which the UAE became part of the coalition.

“To that end, carefully calibrated and with a clear purpose toward restarting the political process, Yemeni Government forces backed by the Coalition have now intensified military operations against the Houthis in the Hodeida area and on other fronts,” the letter read.

Finally, there is much room for work in Yemen especially in the next two months as all internal and international circumstances are present to finalize plenty of what is required to rescue Yemen from the Houthi militia and to finalize the preparations for reaching the desired solution.

This article is also available in Arabic.

Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad

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