Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi on Thursday praised the Saudi-led Arab Coalition for supporting Yemen and achieving victories against rebel Houthi militia and forces loyal to now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
He was speaking at an emergency meeting with Yemeni executive, security and military commanders of Lahej governorate.
Establishing stability in Lahej and Abyan governorates is an urgency because they represent a defence line for Aden, President Hadi noted.
He urged residents of Lahej "to close ranks, use support extended by brothers (from the Arab Coalition), support the governor and work as one team in order to establish security in the governorate."
Hadi also instructed officials to recruit members of the Yemeni National Resistance Forces in the regular army "to continue to play a role in protecting their homeland”.