The UAE, which had already in June scaled down its military presence in Yemen, would continue fighting “terrorist organizations” in southern provinces and other areas, the General Command of the Armed Forces said in a statement carried on state news agency WAM.
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Separatist forces are part of the Sunni Muslim alliance that intervened in Yemen in 2015 against the Iran-aligned Houthis to try to restore the internationally recognized government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that was ousted from power in the capital, Sanaa, in the north by the movement in late 2014.
Under a preliminary Saudi-brokered pact, the separatists would be included in a new technocrat Cabinet and both sides’ forces placed under control of the Yemeni interior and defense ministries, sources familiar with the talks had said.
Riyadh has been trying to resolve the standoff to refocus the coalition on fighting the Houthis on its southern border.
Hadi’s government has asked Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia’s main coalition partner, to stop arming separatists while the UAE has said Hadi’s government is ineffective and distrusts Islamists with whom he is allied.
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