ABU DHABI – Abdul-Khaleq Abdullah, a former aide to Emirati Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed, said in a tweet that the war against Yemen is over for Abu Dhabi. In a tweet late on Saturday, Abdullah asserted that the UAE involvement in the Saudi-led war against Yemen is over and it will be soon announced officially.
“The UAE, from now on, will put all its political and diplomatic weight behind resolving the crisis and establishing peace for the people of Yemen,” the senior Emirati figure underlined in his post.
In response to Abdullah’s tweet, Ania El Afandi, an Algerian journalist, posted a tweet asking the Emirati figure why the UAE did not put its political weight, from the very outset, behind efforts for materializing peace. Then the Arab journalist questioned the game-over rhetoric of Abdullah, asking:
“War should come to an end officially, are your words addressing Saudi Arabia? Thirdly, will the blockade against Qatar be lifted if issues with Iran are solved?” she concluded.
The UAE seems to have started a U-turn in its regional policies after Iran’s tough warnings to Abu Dhabi about the dire consequences of the UAE’s destructive policies in the region. The UAE was seriously criticized by Iran and warned of consequences after a US spy drone took off from an Emirati airport and intruded into Iran’s airspace on June 20. The Iranian air defense units shot down the American spy drone and lodged a complaint with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Also on Saturday, a senior member of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) of Yemen, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Arabi21 news outlet that Senior Emirati officials have reassured Tehran that they will start a major shift in policy in Yemen’s Southern provinces and launch intelligence cooperation with Ansarullah Movement.
The UAE has recently reached an agreement with Iran and within the framework of the agreement has promised Tehran that it will shift the state of political affairs in the Southern provinces of Yemen, the STC source added. He added that the military and political heads of the STC, which is backed by Abu Dhabi, are among those who will be targeted by the new revisionist policies of the UAE in accordance with the agreement with Tehran.
According to the same source, now disagreements and rivalries have intensified among different factions within the council, especially between the party of Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, who chairs the council, and the party of Ahmed Hamed Lamlas, the secretary-general of the STC.
“One of the articles of the comprehensive agreement reached between Tehran and Abu Dhabi entails the UAE’s intelligence cooperation and coordination with Ansarullah Movement,” the source claimed.
On Tuesday, a maritime security delegation from the UAE arrived in Tehran to resume bilateral coast guard meetings between Iran and the Arab country after a 6-year hiatus, in a bid to increase joint efforts on enhancing maritime security in the Persian Gulf region.
The seven-member delegation from the UAE coast guard was headed by UAE Coast Guard Commander Brigadier General Mohammed Ali Musleh Al-Ahbabi who later signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Commander of Iran’s Border Police Brigadier General Qassem Rezayee.