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UAE admits: Yemen can’t be beaten militarily

For the first time since the start of the Saudi-led invasion in March 2015, an official representative of a Saudi coalition member state has admitted that the invasion of Yemen can’t be won, as an advisor to the Emir of Abu Dhabi has called for an end to the conflict and the start of negotiations.

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SANA’A- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) seems to be coming to the conclusion that the original plan of defeating Yemen on the field of battle in order to destroy the Revolution, is an impossible endeavour that can’t be won.

Abdul Khaliq Abdullah, a political advisor to the Emir of Abu Dhabi, stated in a social media message on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates needs a new strategy to solve the situation in Yemen.

“The war may last for another four years at a high political and humanitarian price, so if the legitimacy can be restored to Sanaa by negotiations, we will welcome the diplomatic solution,” the advisor stated.

Although by “restoring legitimacy”, Abdullah still probably refers to bringing back the rule of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the Saudi-backed ruler who was ousted in the 2014 revolution, the call for negotiation is nevertheless a significant change in policy.

Abu Dhabi’s political advisor continued stating that “I am in favour of the cessation of war immediately, and of the return of UAE soldiers to the homeland, on condition of the peaceful withdrawal of the Houthi militias [which refers to the Armed Forces of Yemen] from Hodeidah.”

“”The UAE has given its duty and more, and the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has offered everything that can be offered to the legitimate government [referring to the Hadi regime]. It is time to stop the fighting and arrange a post-war situation for Yemen,” the statement concluded.

Similar calls for negotiations have been made by the National Salvation Government of Yemen and by the Leader of the Revolution Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi ever since the beginning of the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen in March 2015. However, this marks the first time that an official representative of one of the Saudi-led coalition states responded positively to this call for diplomacy.

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