Fueling Clashes, Saudis and UAE Also Urge Halt to Yemen Fighting

Saudi-dominated forces in open war with UAE-backed militias

With no indication of any serious negotiations happening in South Yemen, both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates issued a joint statement urging a halt to fighting there, and new dialogue.

This statement rings profoundly hollow, however, as Saudi Arabia and the UAE are not on the sidelines of this fight, but rather are in the thick of things, and fueling a lot of the fighting with their respective statements egging the various combatants on.

After all, this isn’t a new fight from unaffiliated factions. This is a war between the Saudi-dominated government forces, and the UAE-dominated separatist forces. Effectively, this is a fight between Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Yet both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while being defiant about that mere days ago, are also issuing statements calling for what amounts to themselves to stop fighting one another.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.