British Ambassador to Yemen Michael Aron said he has met with top official figures in Yemen’s internationally recognized government as well as chairman of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Aron said he has had “productive talks” with Yemeni Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik; Parliament Speaker, Sultan Albarakani; President Hadi’s advisors, Abdelmalik al-Mekhlafi and Ahmed Bin Dahghar; and southern separatists leader, Aidros Alzubidi.
“UK supports urgent Riyadh Agreement implementation. For the sake of peace and prosperity, Yemen’s leadership including STC must show courage and come together,” the British Ambassador wrote on Twitter.
Since August, when the STC ousted the government from Aden — Yemen’s interim capital— forces of the legitimate government and UAE-backed STC troops have been battling for control over Abyan province.
Even though the two sides signed a Saudi-brokered agreement in Riyadh in November to end months of struggling for power, little has been done to implement the Riyadh Agreement.
In late April, the STC declared self-rule from the Saudi-backed government in south Yemen, a move that was condemned by most Arab states and international countries.
In mid-June, the tensions between the two sides heightened when the STC overran Hadiboh, capital of Socotra, and drove out government forces from the Governor’s compound and announced applying its self-rule on the island.