Wed - 16 May 2018 - 12:49 AM ،،،

 The American newspaper the Washington Post ran a long interview with the Secretary-General of the Southern Transitional Council, Mr Ahmed Hamid Lamlas on a number of political and security issues.

 Mr. Lamlas told the American newspaper that the government is living in isolation, it does not exist on the ground and its range of control ends at the gate of the president's Mashiq Palace, reaffirming that without the intervention of the Arab Coalition and without our respect for them and our appreciation for the international efforts in finding a settlement to the crisis and the conflict in Yemen, we would have been led the country from the Palace which is under Muslim Brotherhood control.

 In response to the newspaper's question on what makes the Transitional Council, thinks that the Palace is under Muslim Brotherhood control?

 The secretary-general made it clear that the Council does not say that the palace is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood but the sovereign decision is theirs, the Southern Transitional Council has no disagreement with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, but we hope that he could restore his abducted decision from Islah Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.

 In another context, Mr Lamlas excluded any UAE ambitions in Socotra or in the South in general, confirming that the Emiratis were the first to help the Southerners when the Houthi militias launched their aggression against them, adding that their intervention was in response to calls by President Hadi to save the country from Persian expansion. He pointed out that the UAE role was not limited to the military field, but generously went to cover services, humanitarian and reconstruction assistance.

 The secretary-general said that the Southerners are fighting alongside their Emirati brothers in the west coast fronts in gratitude for their blood that has been mixed with ours in the last war.