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Yemen: A Beleaguered Saudia Opting for a ‘Political Solution’?

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While originally a war waged by a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis, Yemen quickly turned into a war being fought as much between the Houthis and the coalition as within the coalition itself, particularly between Saudi Arabi and the UAE. Mutually conflicting interests within the coalition rather than the alleged Iranian support for the Houthis were perhaps one central reason why the invading forces couldn’t militarily defeat the Houthis. These conflicting interests were again at the centre of the division that existed on the ground in Yemen between the Saudi-backed Yemeni regime headed by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and UAE-backed southern separatist group known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC). These two groups were opposing each other until a few days ago when an agreement was reached and signed in Riyadh in the presence of Saudia’s Muhammad bin Salman and UAE’s Mohammad bin Zayed. This agreement, according to MBS, is a “milestone” that would lead to a “political solution to end the war in Yemen”, confirming only unwittingly that his military solution has met a drastic failure already.

While the agreement signed is still a far cry from a genuine step towards a settlement in Yemen between all parties and still allows a significant Saudi........

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