Yemen's leading separatist group, the Southern Transitional Council, has abandoned its declaration of self-rule in the country's south and pledged to implement a stalled Saudi-brokered peace agreement with the government.
A day earlier, clashes convulsed Yemen’s strategic Socotra archipelago, as UAE-backed militia battled government security forces for control of the island’s capital.
Instead of taking the fight to the Houthi rebels in the north, the two regional allies are undermining each other in the south.
Foreign Minister Mohammed al Hadhrami said the Southern Transitional Council had refused calls from the government and the international community to reverse its declaration of self-rule.
Yemen's internationally-recognised government's Foreign Minister Mohamed al Hadrami urged Saudi Arabia to intervene against the STC's move as a guarantor of the Riyadh Agreement.
The power-sharing deal would see the secessionist Southern Transitional Council (STC) handed a number of ministries, and the government return to the main southern city of Aden, say officials.
The UAE, which had already in June scaled down its military presence in Yemen, says it will continue fighting "terrorist organisations" in southern provinces and other areas.
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The Saudi-led coalition says it attacked an area in Aden that allegedly poses a "direct threat" to the Saudi-backed government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The separatists began withdrawing shortly after.
Reports about a military drawdown come at a time when the UAE is deeply involved in the complex conflict and faces global scrutiny over its role.
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