UAE troops to remain in Yemen until end of war

'War is over' statement taken out of context, says Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
UAE troops to remain in Yemen until end of war
By Staff writer
Fri 17 Jun 2016 11:16 AM

The UAE Armed Forces will remain Yemen until the end of the war, according to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Dr Anwar Gargash told WAM a statement he made on Tuesday regarding the end of the UAE's involvement in the war was taken out of context.

He made the statement during a lecture attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

"We are at war. I am appalled that my statement was taken out of context and misinterpreted for external agenda that seek to undermine the region and the GCC in particular," he said.

He said the Saudi-led Arab Coalition countries had announced 'Operation: Al Hazm Storm' only after all peaceful channels were exhausted and after the coup forces of Al Housthi militia and their allies, the forces of deposed Ali Abdullah Saleh, insisted on violence.

"Only then, the historic decision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, came, after it was established that the coup had connections with Iran," he said.

Dr Gargash praised the role of the UAE Armed Forces as they continue their efforts along side the Saudi forces.

"The Riyadh-Abu Dhabi alliance will emerge stronger from this crisis as dictated by strategic necessities. The responsibility, however, remains at the hands of Yemenis, to build bridges of communication and to reach a consensus on their country and its institutions," he said.

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