Al-sahwa Net- A group of prominent leaders from Hadhramaut, the largest governorate of Yemen held on Sunday a special meeting in the Saudi capital, Al-Riyadh discussed the fate of their governorate within the ongoing Saudi-sponsored talks between the government and southern separatists.
Salem Al-Khanbashi, deputy prime minister, Haider Al-Attas, the president advisor, ministers who come from Hadhramaut, the local authority leaders headed by Faraj Al-Bahseni, governor of Hadhramaut and the Parliament Deputy Speaker, Mohsen Ba Sura have attended the meeting, the Turkish Anadolu News Agency reported.
Sources who attended the meeting said that organizers of the meeting aim to establish demands of Hadhramaut away from the Southern Transitional Council (STC) that initiated armed rebellion for the south separation.
The STC is supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the main member of the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen’s fighting in March 2015 in an attempt to restore the rule of President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi against the Iran-backed Houthis rebels.
The STC took control of Aden and other southern governorates on 10 August 2019 following brief military confrontations with the government forces. Since then, representatives of the STC and the government have been in talks in Al-Riyadh to reach an agreement to end the rebellion.
However, these talks do not address the status of Hadhramaut as it is still out of the STC control. Yet, the STC has been threatening to take over Hadhramaut soon. Leaders of the Hadhramaut meeting in Al-Riyadh are said to advocate for Hadhramaut to be granted autonomy under the proposed Yemen’s federal system.
The STC rejects the federal system proposal and claims to be representing the southern governorates including Hadhramaut for separation from the north.
Participants in the Hadhramaut meeting reaffirmed their support to the federal system and the president Hadi. The government led by Hadi say that the federal system can resolve political grievances in both the south and the north.
Saudi Arabia which hosts representatives from the government and the STC have already proposed an agreement draft which is known as Al-Riyadh agreement that is scheduled to be signed on Tuesday 5 November 2019.
Saudi Arabia says that the agreement would resolve the conflict in Aden between the government and the southern separatists.
The same organizers of the Hadhramaut meeting in Al-Riyadh have sent a letter one week ago to the president Hadi and the Saudi Defense Minister, Khaled Bin Salman where they affirmed their rejection of the STC to be the sole entity that represents the south of Yemen.
Other five southern entities had also sent similar letters to the President Hadi and Bin Salman where they protested against the talks between the government and the STC. They also demanded to be engaged in the ongoing talks.