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Media loyal to ousted Yemeni president ordered not to criticise UAE

Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ordered the mass media loyal to him not to criticise the UAE despite the fact that the latter is part of the Saudi-led coalition which is fighting against him and his Houthi allies, Arabi21 reported on Monday.

Local Yemeni website Buyemen.com revealed that Saleh had visited Yemen Today TV and delivered a speech about the latest developments on the ground and how mass media should report the incidents. He also gave directions to the editorial team not to criticise the UAE. A senior official in the Popular Conference Party, it is claimed, reported this to Buyemen.com.

According to Arabi21, Saleh's directions arouse suspicion regarding Abu Dhabi's role in the coalition, especially after it hosted Saleh's family and forged mutual relations, including links with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayid.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Saleh said that he maintains "good relations" with the UAE. "There are no differences between us," he added, "but we are not happy that they are taking part in the aggressive alliance, which wages aggression against Yemen. We call on them to review their positions regarding this alliance."

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