Interviews

Noura Almoteari

Fri - 29 Nov 2019 - 01:16 AM ،،،


Noura Amoteari's  interview with President of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) Aidroos Al Zubaidi

At the start, Al Zubaidi spoke about the difficulties and challenges which face the Riyadh agreement.

He said that the Arab coalition’s enemies, whether they are the Brotherhood or those who oppose the Riyadh agreement, try to use all means to procrastinate or to foil the agreement.

They consign difficulties and exasperate the leadership but the Arab coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) operate effortlessly to overcome those obstacles and continue to operate according to the plans put in place.

Al Zubaidi said to Almoteari  that the STC doesn’t want ministerial positions or a piece of the cake which all are after. The STC aims to implement what the Arab coalition sees; which is peace and security.

On the issue of the southern state, Al Zubaidi explained that the long term strategic endeavour is to reclaim the independent southern state Pre 1990. The STC realizes that it will face several complications and challenges, whether from the Houthis or the Brotherhood or even the terrorist groups, who are waiting to attack at any chance they find therefore the STC will not give them any chances.

Without any doubt  KSA and its rulers realise the difficulties which the south faces during the Yemeni Unity, that will facilitate the STC’s position to achieve the main aim legally after peace and security prevail Yemen, which is also the Kingdom’s priority.

To the question if the Houthis did not respond through peace or war to stop their rebellion and the north remained in the vortex of war, is there an alternative plan?
Al Zubaidi’s view is that the Houthi is currently subjected to negotiate directly with Saudi Arabia and is trying to get out of a difficult situation. If they do not accept peace especially after implementing the terms of the Riyadh agreement, their alternative plan will be to escalate military operations an option which will be very limited.

On the tribesmen, Al Zubaidi replied that the leaders of the southern tribes, in general, abandoned the manifestations and quotas since the last century and they engaged in the political action.

Our open and modern culture, which we gained during the British command, taught the current generation to be more aware and open and more flexible. In the north, they lost control and their intrusion is not as effective as before; all we hear from those who control the tribes is pure intimidation.

Almoteari asked what will happen after you achieve the goals, what about the mechanism of disengagement?

President of the STC said, legally the South was an independent state since 1967; internationally recognized in both international and regional bodies, notably the United Nations and the Arab League.

After it legally proved that the unity failed, the unity manuscript was considered abolished, according to the law of international treaties, we will take legal action to reclaim our state.

When stability prevails in Yemen we believe and hope that our allies will not spare us logistical and international support as they always promised us.

The Yemeni affairs researcher asked, what does Mohamed Ben Salman in the UAE mean to you?

Al Zubaidi assured Ben Salman means a lot to us, the strong cohesion of the leadership of the Arab coalition and the depth of the Saudi- Emirati relations are both the secure bases for our projects, goals and dreams for the south and the Gulf, the region and the world.

Almoteari asked about the agreement between the Revolutionary Guards and the Brotherhood, he answered the Ottomans do not want peace for the KSA so they attempt to reconcile with the Brotherhood and the Revolutionary Guards only to serve the Houthis, it is evident in the way they betrayed the Arab coalition.

Their lies no longer work, as southerners, our role is to support the Arab coalition and we will double our efforts to overcome the traitors’ foul play against the coalition. The most important thing is to end the internal wars and defeat all the external components that are in Yemen who are hostile to Saudi and the UAE, to establish security and peace. 
Edited & translated by: Sahar Noman