UAE-backed separatist leader sets conditions for participation in Saudi negotiations

UAE-backed separatist leader sets conditions for participation in Saudi negotiations

Head of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, on Tuesday set a new condition in exchange for participating in the upcoming meetings of the Riyadh-formed “Presidential Council” in the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ayyam newspaper, issued from Aden, quoted sources as saying “Al-Zubaidi stressed the necessity of choosing a president for the upcoming meeting from the council members, and that it be restructured immediately.”

Al-Zubaidi calls for his promotion as first deputy to the Presidential Council, Rashad Al-Alimi, instead of the eight members.

The newspaper noted that Al-Zubaidi threatened escalatory options if the council is not restructured and he is not promoted as vice-president of the council.

Al-Zubaidi had rejected previous Saudi invitations to participate in upcoming meetings of the council in Riyadh, despite the approval of the rest of the members.

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