The United Arab Emirates announced that its forces have done their job in Yemen and that Yemen now needs a political solution to reach a lasting peace.
The UAE military has played its part to the fullest and Yemen now needs a political solution to find a lasting peace, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Wednesday, reported e-journal the National.
The official who was giving a lecture in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, discussed the difficult choice the UAE made to become involved in the war in Yemen.
And in a tweet summarizing Anwar Gargash’s remarks, Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said: “Our standpoint is clear: war is over for our troops. We are monitoring political arrangements, empowering Yemenis in liberated areas.”
In his lecture on “The Coalition and the Yemen Crisis: The Necessary Decision,” Gargash expressed disappointment at the results of peace talks, saying “after 50 discouraging days of Yemeni peace talks in Kuwait, there is no unified vision for the future. There are alarming signs that the south wants to defect and that radicalism is on the rise.”
Other obstacles Yemen faces include the rise of Al Qaeda with the support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the minister was quoted by the National as saying.
The lecturer who criticized Iranian influence for fueling sectarian divisions in the region and “exporting chaos,” said “war was never the choice but it was the only solution after exhausting all other outcomes.”
After he applauded the efforts and accomplishments of the UAE Armed Forces in Yemen, part of the Saudi-led coalition, he said the coalition had clear goals that resulted in more achievable victories when compared with other conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The majority of Yemeni land is now under the control of the legitimate government, he said adding that although the UAE would help to rebuild Yemen, and ultimately, “building Yemen is the role of the Yemenis».