Yemen’s president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi rare visit to estranged UAE ally

Vastavam web: Yemen’s president is to hold talks in Abu Dhabi today as he attempts to repair relations with the United Arab Emirates, which has increasingly sidelined him in its three-year military intervention. President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi is making the rare visit on the advice of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, where he lives in exile, Yemen’s government-run Saba news agency reported.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE sent troops to Yemen in 2015 with the stated goal of restoring Hadi to power after he fled the country as Huthi Shiite rebels overran most of the country. With UAE backing, in January the secessionists overran the main southern city of Aden where Hadi’s government has its headquarters.

UAE forces and their allies have also occupied several other key ports and islands, including the strategic Arabian Sea archipelago of Socotra, where Saudi Arabia too deployed troops last month as part of a deal to appease Hadi’s government. But last month UAE troops launched a joint offensive with Hadi’s forces and their Saudi allies against the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida.