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Saudi analyst: The Kingdom's actions in Yemen are confused

July 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Saudi Arabia’s abilities to maneuver in Yemen are limited because it is not open to dealing with most of the key players in the Yemeni arena including the Houthis, the Congregation for Reform Party, which represents the Muslim Brotherhood, and the party of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Saudi political writer said.

Academic and political writer Dr Khalid Al-Dakhil said that Saudi Arabia know what they want in Yemen, but its policy there is confused, pointing out that the beneficiary of the division of the tribes, the army and the government is the Houthi group, while Sanaa and Riyadh suffers from this division.

He also pointed out via Twitter that the Houthis “believe that the conflict in Yemen is between them and the Congregation for Reform Party and that Saudi Arabia rejects both parties in light of the government’s inability to stop the expansion of the Yemeni Houthis.”

Al-Dakhil previously wrote that ISIS “wants to establish a caliphate, and the Houthis want a return to the Imamate system in Yemen, while Hezbollah wants to keep the Levant an area under Iranian influence,” asking: “What are the Arab states waiting for?”.