SANA’A – According to leaked diplomatic talks, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are experiencing a breakdown of relations, with the UAE being severely dissatisfied with Saudi policies in the region. This was reported by Qatar-based news outlet Al-Jazeera.
Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed is reported to be actively working against the Saudi kingdom, according to leaked documents that contain diplomatic briefings of both the Emirati and Jordanian ambassadors to Lebanon.
One of the documents, dated September 20, 2017, details a conversation between the Jordanian ambassador to Lebanon Nabil Masarwa, and his Kuwaiti colleague Abdel-Al al-Qenaie.
“The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is working on breaking up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Kuwaiti ambassador was quoted as having said. The Jordanian ambassador for his part reported back to his homeland that the UAE apparently believes that “Saudi policies are failing both domestically and abroad, especially in Lebanon” and that “The UAE is dissatisfied with Saudi policies.”
The possible conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates seem mostly to be focused on the issue of Lebanon, in which Saudi Arabia stands accused of having forced Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri of temporarily resigning in November 2017. According to the leaks, this move by the Saudis may have been triggered by Hariri’s decision to allow the Lebanese UNESCO delegation to vote for Qatari candidate Abdulaziz al-Kawari in the UNESCO chief elections in October 2017. According to the leaked reports, the UAE was very much dissatisfied with the Saudi reactions and rash actions taken against Lebanon as a result.
Any tensions between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi could also have a significant influence on the military coalition against Yemen, in which both nations are the most active members.