The US has called for de-escalation of the situation in Socotra Island, saying, “Political dialogue is necessary for the Republic of Yemen Government to rightfully ensure the safety and security of its residents on Socotra and throughout the rest of the country.”
America is “closely following the situation on the island of Socotra” and has called for “de-escalation and dialogue” after the Yemeni government called on the UAE to leave the island and stop expanding its military basis there.
Yesterday, the Yemeni Ambassador to the United Nations, Khalid Al-Yamani, said his government has exclusive sovereignty over the country’s land and this cannot be divided. He went on to tell the UAE to leave Socotra or risk escalating tensions in the region.
In response to that, the US said, “The Yemeni people, along with their unique cultural and natural heritage, have already suffered immeasurably as a result of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Yemen cannot afford further divisions.”
“The United States calls on all parties to the conflict to focus on and embrace the UN-led political process, with the unified aim of a safe, secure, and prosperous Yemen.”
Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a.