'UAE Forces put on brave, professional performance in Yemen'

UAE Forces put on brave, professional performance in Yemen

Dubai - "War is over for our troops," His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

By AP/wam

Published: Fri 17 Jun 2016, 11:11 PM

Last updated: Sat 18 Jun 2016, 8:53 AM

The United Arab Emirates has announced the end of the war in Yemen for Emirati troops, though it may continue to keep its forces there for counterterrorism operations.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, carried the announcement on his official Twitter account late Wednesday.
He was quoting the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, who had given a speech earlier saying the "war is over for our troops."

Gargash is quoted as saying the UAE was "monitoring political arrangements" and "empowering Yemenis in liberated areas."
The UAE has been among the most active members of a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen that began more than a year ago with the aim of rolling back gains by Houthi rebels.
'UAE Forces put on brave, professional performance in Yemen'
The UAE Armed Forces have performed their combat role in Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen with a high sense of courage and professionalism, Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, and added that the role will continue with Saudi Arabia until the end of the war.
''The Riyadh-Abu Dhabi alliance will emerge from this crisis much stronger and more influential. Strategic imperatives in the region required that and gains will have a positive impact on our stability,'' Dr Gargash tweeted.
Highlights of the tweets: His Ramadan lectures: "The UAE, the Coalition and the Yemen Crisis: The Necessary Decision", reviewed the latest developments in the Yemen file and the history behind the decisive decision.
''The Saudi-led coalition has opted for Decisive Storm operation after exhausting all peace efforts. With Houthi/Saleh insistence on resorting to violence and a coup, King Salman's historic decision underscored an absolute Arab effort reflecting the deep understanding of the connection of the coup with the Iranian dimension and plots to undermine the strategic structure.''
''Goals of the Decisive Storm operation were crystal clear and well-defined which contributed to its success: to bring the Yemen crisis back on the political track, to restore the legitimate government of Yemen, and to counter the Iranian interference in the region."
''Effective delivery of political and military objectives of the operation was out of question."
"Riyadh's management of the crisis is exceptional. We are proud of the UAE's credible and professional role."
"With the coalition delivering its core goals, it is up to the Yemenis to reach an inclusive agreement that rejects the coup."
"The military operation has paved the way. In the political and military context, the UAE remains a close, reliable ally to Riyadh. This partnership, which get much stronger with the Yemen crisis, is the key pillar to the future."
"Now it is the responsibility of the Yemeni people and factions to build channels of communication and agree on a political solution regarding the state and its institutions. National responsibility is a prerequisite for success."

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