UAE rejects allegations on its position in Aden

The UAE recently expressed concern in an official statement about the armed clashes in Aden between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 August 2019

UAE rejects allegations on its position in Aden

  • The UAE renewed its “firm position” as a coalition partner
  • The UAE expressed concern about the armed clashes in Aden

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it rejects all allegations made against it on developments in Aden, adding that it was renewing its “firm position” as a coalition partner, and determined to continue efforts to calm the current situation in southern Yemen, state news agency WAM reported.

Saud Hamad Al-Shamsi, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, made the comments before the special ministerial meeting held by the UN Security Council on Tuesday discussing challenges faced in achieving peace and security in the Middle East.

Al-Shamsi stressed the UAE's concern expressed in a recent official statement about the armed clashes in Aden between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council, and its call for calm and non-escalation in order to maintain the security and safety of Yemeni citizens.

He explained that this is the same position taken by the UAE as a key partner within the coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

In his statement, Al-Shamsi also reiterated the UAE's support for the restoration of the legitimate government in Yemen and its subsequent stability.

He said that at the official request of Yemen, as a member of the Saudi-led coalition, the UAE has taken action against Houthi attacks.

"We do not forget the important role played by my country in the liberation of Aden and most of the territories occupied by the Houthis, and in turn prevented terrorist groups from exploiting the security vacuum during these sensitive and difficult stages," Al-Shamsi said.

He added: "The UAE has been able to play a role in the great efforts that have been made to rebuild the liberated areas, to provide generous material and technical support to the Yemeni people, and in the face of the threat posed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

Al-Shamsi renewed his country's support for the efforts of the Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.


Erdogan accuses the West of ‘standing by terrorists’ in Syria

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Erdogan accuses the West of ‘standing by terrorists’ in Syria

  • Ankara says the YPG is a “terrorist” offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
  • The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara, the US and the EU

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Western states, accusing them of “standing by terrorists” in failing to support Turkey’s operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters.
“Can you imagine the whole West stood by the terrorists and all attacked us including NATO member states and European Union countries?” Erdogan said in Istanbul.
“Since when did you start to side with terror? Did PYD-YPG (Syrian Kurdish forces) join NATO and we do not know about it?” he asked.
Ankara says the YPG is a “terrorist” offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.
The PKK is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara, the US and the EU.
Ankara’s military action against Kurdish forces who played a key role in the fight against the Daesh group has drawn widespread international criticism and prompted some NATO countries to suspend new arms sales.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly voiced “serious concerns” about the military operation launched on October 9 to push Syrian Kurdish forces back from the border.
Erdogan denied any territorial ambition saying: “Turkey does not have an eye on any country’s territory ... We consider such an accusation as the biggest insult directed to us.”
Turkey has announced a 120-hour suspension of the offensive following a deal with US Vice President Mike Pence, under which Kurdish fighters were to withdraw to allow a “safe zone” to be set up along the border.
Erdogan was to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.