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Retired Saudi general: Hadi should head federal government in Yemen

January 31, 2018 at 11:26 am

Director of the Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies, Anwar Eshki [Al Jazeera/YouTube]

Former Saudi General and the head of the Middle East Centre for Legal and Strategic Studies, Dr. Anwar Eshki, has proposed federal rule with two governments one in the north and the other one in the south to solve the Yemen war.

“The government in the north would be headed Ahmed Ali Saleh and the government in the south would be headed by Aidarous Al-Zubaidi. Both governments will be under the federal leadership of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi,” Eshki said in an interview with Quds Press.

According to Eshki: “Aidarous Al-Zubaidi is accepted in the south, and Ahmed Ali Saleh is co- founder of the Republican Guard in Sana’a and is accepted in the north and not rejected by the south.”

“The federal solution calms the situation in the south, because the southern movement rejects the government of [Prime Minister Ahmed] Bin Dagher, but does not reject the rule of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and therefore a solution of this kind can temporarily contribute to peace and after achieving stability we can ask the Yemenis about the type of rule they want,” he said.

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Asked if the situation in Yemen reflects contradiction between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Eshki said: “Statements issued by Saudi Arabia and the UAE confirm that they are together in solving the Yemeni problem and there is no dispute between them.”

“Any proposal that contributes to solving the Yemeni problem is welcomed by the Arab alliance and the international community,” he said.

Clashes have recently erupted between the presidential protection forces loyal to Hadi and the security belt forces loyal to the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council in the southern city of Aden. The STC declared victory in the city yesterday.