Yemen, UAE reportedly reach deal over island

Al Zayani highlights GCC's firm positions

Yemen and the UAE are allies in the Saudi-led coalition, but relations between the two countries soured amid concerns among Yemeni officials over the UAE's growing influence in southern Yemen.

The Yemeni prime minister went on to hail the Saudi mediation to ease tension over Socotra Island and UAE support against Houthi rebels.

The UAE has set up prisons and armed groups in the region, causing officials of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government to accuse Emirati troops of behaving like an "occupier".

A source told Xinhua that the Saudi mediating commission succeeded in "ceasing the aggravating tension between the UAE and the government after signing an agreement".

Saudi Arabia has announced Sunday that they are deploying troops to the Yemeni island of Socotra. First, the political solution is the wish of the GCC, the use of force to restore the legitimate government and return to the political track, the provision of humanitarian assistance, pointing to the work of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), working to prevent Yemen from becoming a hub for terrorism, the legal aspect by monitoring all violations in terms of recruitment of children and exploitation of women, the file of mines and others, and finally the economic aspect: the Supreme Council has directed to work to rehabilitate the Yemeni economy to integrate it with the Gulf economy as well as preparation for an global conference for reconstruction and building. The Yemeni government accused the UAE of seizing the island´s ports and airport. "It reflects the differences between a legitimate government and our brothers about the rights to the island", - said in a statement.

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The presence of UAE troops angered Socotra residents, who insisted there were no rebels on the island, the source said.

The ministry emphasized that the UAE has "no ambitions" in Yemen or any part of it, and its steps in many Yemeni governorates come within the context of supporting Yemen's security and stability, as well as helping legitimacy and Yemeni people.

Press Secretary of the coalition, Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the landing of Saudi troops on the island is carried out in full coordination with the government of Yemen.

Socotra has largely been irrelevant to the Saudi invasion, to the point that islanders have at times complained of being "forgotten".

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