Tehran tries to reconcile its allies in Yemen
As the Intelligence online bulletin says in a publication titled "Teherean tente de sauver l'unite entre ses allies a Saana, menace par les manoeuvres d'Abou Dhabi", referring to own sources, some time ago, high-ranking Iranian officials arrived in Yemen, to establish a dialogue with the supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the forces of Abdel Malek al-Huti. On the eve of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Saleh Party (the General People's Congress of Yemen) between these forces, which for a long time were allies, on August 24, 2017, even clashes occurred in Sanaa. The Saleh clan reproaches the Houthis for monopolizing power in Sana'a, and the forces of Abdullek Al-Huti continued to seek opportunities to undermine this event. But under Tehran's pressure, the Shiite leader ultimately instructed his intelligence chief Abu Ali al-Hakem to take part in a reconciliation meeting with Interior Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ghusi, closest to Saleh, who is also an acting general.
During this meeting, the Saleh clan first of all asked that celebrations of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the party go smoothly. The request, formulated following the talks, led to a demonstration of strength by both camps. So, the Houthis demonstrated their strength during the parade in the streets of Sana'a in the face of special forces, and former President Saleh mobilized several thousand of his supporters from loyal tribes.
But the tension began to increase again from August 26. The Shiite police began to suspect Saleh of having concluded a secret deal with the Arab coalition, which is fighting against the Houthis, namely Abu Dhabi, with the participation of his son Ahmed Saleh. This assumption is based on the fact that the son of the president met in late June in the UAE capital with Prince Ahmed al-Assiri, who is the right-hand man of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman on the operation in Yemen and is the second person in the Main Intelligence Directorate. This meeting was held on the initiative of an influential person in Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nayhan, who, some time before, introduced Ahmed Saleh as the architect of the negotiations on the formation of the new government of Yemen.
Making a choice in favor of the Saleh clan, Abu Dhabi expects to sow discord between the two camps. On the one hand, the Emirates are trying to upset the alliance between Saleh and the Husitians, concluded in 2016, with the goal of isolating the latter.
At the same time, Abu Dhabi is still hoping to remove the current president of Yemen, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, from power and replace him with people closer to al-Nayhan. He prefers the candidacy of Khaled Bahah, who was previously prime minister in the Hadi government. But to the great disappointment of Abu Dhabi to this day, Hadi enjoys the military and financial support of Riyadh.