Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, emphasised today that the Arab Coalition will pursue its mission of supporting the Republic of Yemen, its people and legitimate government, in order to achieve stability and security in the country and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people affected by the attacks by rebels against its legitimacy.
Sheikh Mohamed appreciated the role of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, and his able leadership of the Arab Coalition during a meeting with visiting Yemeni Vice-President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah at Al Bahr Palace.
''The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will continue its assistance and support to the Yemeni people until they realise their national aspirations in rebuilding their country,'' Sheikh Mohamed said.
''Operation Restore Hope has delivered a tangible result which we see today in the form of solidarity, co-operation and joint Arab action which heralds a new phase whose banner will be stability and development in the region,'' he affirmed.
Sheikh Mohamed hailed the role of the gallant UAE Armed Forces in the Arab Coalition and the contribution of the UAE people to Arab causes and glory.
''With the support of the Arab Coalition, the Yemeni people are capable of liberating their country from rebels who are against the legitimacy,'' the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said, while expressing the hope that welfare and peace would prevail in Yemen, and the Yemeni people enjoy security and stability so as to lead their nation towards building and development.
During the meeting Bahah updated Sheikh Mohamed on the latest political and security situation in Yemen and the efforts being made by his government to maintain security and stability starting from Aden.
Sheikh Mohamed was also briefed on the ongoing relief operations to assist affected people as well as the programmes the government is conducting to qualify health, social and educational facilities, and public services.
Sheikh Mohamed said, ''We are addressing the humanitarian challenge with complete seriousness and sound planning and we will apply an effective mechanism to alleviate the suffering meted out by the rebellion. We will not let the Yemeni people endure suffering, we will support and assist them.''
The Yemeni vice-president expressed his gratitude to the UAE for standing with and assisting Yemen in its quest to preserve its security and stability and enabling its legitimacy.
Bahah said a number of UAE soldiers had sacrificed their lives while supporting legitimacy in Yemen, adding, ''The UAE’s historic stance will live forever in the memory of the Yemeni people.''
The meeting touched upon ways to enhance fraternal bilateral ties for serving the mutual interests of the countries and people and discussed various recent events in the Arab, regional and internal arenas. Sheikh Mohamed and Bahah also exchanged views on an array of topics of common concern.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and a number Sheikhs, Salem Khalifa Al Ghafli, UAE Ambassdor to Yemen, and a group of officials attended the meeting.