Despite the United Arab Emirates’s announcement Wednesday that it will cease its military operations in Yemen, the war is not over.
UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, made the announcement during a lecture held at the crown prince of Abu Dhabi’s court: “Our standpoint is clear: War is over for our troops. We are monitoring political arrangements, empowering Yemenis in liberated areas.”
When the statement was released no responses were issued by the Saudi government or the coalition leadership in Riyadh concerning the cessation of UAE military activities.
Gargash on Thursday released a public statement elaborating that the military is still part of the Saudi-led coalition “as an able and true partner to Riyadh.”
“Our armed forces, as I have stated in my lecture, has performed its duties in the most courageous and professional manner and this will continue with Saudi Arabia until the coalition announces the end of the war,” he said.
The coalition has been engaging in UN-sponsored peace talks with Houthi rebels now for almost two months.
Despite the negotiations, Gargash stressed that there is still no unified vision for the future.
“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,” he said.
Other obstacles Yemen faces include the rise of al-Qaida with the support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the minister added. He blamed Iranian influence for fueling sectarian divisions in the region and “exporting chaos.”