Yemen’s government officials start indirect talks with southern separatists in Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s government officials start indirect talks with southern separatists in Saudi Arabia
Aidroos Al-Zubaidi is heading up the separatist delegation in Saudi Arabia, for talks with Yemen’s government officials. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 04 September 2019

Yemen’s government officials start indirect talks with southern separatists in Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s government officials start indirect talks with southern separatists in Saudi Arabia
  • STC delegation, which landed in Kingdom on Tuesday, headed by Aidroos Al-Zubaidi
  • Emirati minister of state of foreign affairs Anwar Gargash thanks Saudi Arabia for its efforts

JEDDAH: Yemen’s government officials have started talks with the country’s southern separatists of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Jeddah in a bid to end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces, a Yemeni official said on Wednesday.

The delegation, which landed in the Kingdom on Tuesday, is headed by Aidroos Al-Zubaidi, the council’s leader.

Its arrival comes after Saudi Arabia called for talks in the Kingdom to restore calm to southern Yemen after fighting between the STC and government troops last month.

Emirati minister of state of foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said on Wednesday that he was was confident that the Jeddah meeting will succeed in uniting the two sides against what he called the “Houthi coup.”

He also thanked Saudi Arabia for “leading the coalition politically and militarily with care and skill.”

(With agencies)