Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdelaziz discussed the situation in Yemen with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nayhan, on Monday, state-run Saudi TV said.
The meeting, in the region of Mecca, came after the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Aden on Sunday in support of the Yemeni government after UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council effectively took over the port city, fracturing the alliance that had been battling the Iran-aligned Huthi movement.
The Southern Transitional Council’s leader Aidaroos al-Zubaidi said they were committed to a ceasefire in Aden and were willing to work with the Saudi-led coalition.
The STC is also willing to attend a meeting called by Saudi Arabia, Zubaidi said in televised comments to Aden-based TV channel AIC.
The STC, which wants to split from the north and is backed by the United Arab Emirates, effectively seized Aden by taking over the government’s military bases on Saturday.