Saleh al-Nud, a spokesman for the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council, defended the statements of the head of the Transitional Council, Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, about the imminent declaration of the independent southern state in Yemen, stressing the expiration of the Riyadh agreement.
In statements to the episode (5/5/2021) of the “Beyond the News” program, Al-Nud considered that Al-Zubaidi’s announcement – which came in a speech on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the “liberation of Aden” – does not at all mean a coup against the Riyadh agreement, but it is a continuation of what follows the Riyadh agreement. .
According to Al-Nud, some misread the Riyadh Agreement, believing that this agreement is a tactical solution to the Yemen crisis and not a strategic one, meaning that it was valid for a specific stage and period only.
Al-Zubaidi confirmed in his speech that the declaration of an independent southern federal state in Yemen was imminent. This was considered by many to be a coup against legitimacy and the Riyadh Agreement, which it was hoped would restore legitimacy to Yemen and unite the Yemenis to confront Al-Houthi.
However, Al-Nud attacked the legitimacy, and said that during the last period, it did not pay attention to the basic problems of the Yemenis, and their daily needs of food, medicine and a safe environment, and all its endeavors were to focus on the military aspects only.
Al-Nud rejected the accusations directed at the transitional, in coordination with the Houthis, to strike at the legitimacy in Yemen, and stressed that the transitional is the one who is fighting the fiercest battles to confront the Houthis and restore the Yemeni lands, and confirmed that the so-called “legitimacy” will end within weeks.
However, Yemeni journalist Nasser al-Hasani rejected all of Nud’s statements, and confirmed that the transitional has returned to its rebellious, coup nature, and that it wants to overthrow the legitimacy that it became a part of under the Riyadh Agreement.
Al-Hasani said that the legitimacy made many concessions in the Riyadh agreement in favor of the transitional, in order to restore stability to Yemen and unify efforts to confront the Houthis, and among these concessions the postponement of military issues and the focus on the humanitarian dimensions in order to reduce the burdens of daily life on the Yemeni citizen.
Al-Hasani warned that Yemen would go to more chaos and fighting after the transitional announcement, noting that the solution is now in the hands of Saudi Arabia, which sponsored the Riyadh Agreement.
As for the director of the Al-Madar Center for Strategic Studies, Saleh Al-Mutairi, he believed that Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi’s statements were not new, but were repeated many times, despite his assertion that the Transitional Council is bound by the Riyadh Agreement since it signed it, and since it agreed to share power with the legitimacy.
Al-Mutairi talked about Gulf regional countries that support the position of the separatist transitional council, and he also spoke about Iran’s support for the Houthis, but he stressed that the international community supports the Riyadh agreement on the basis of its support for the stable, united republic of Yemen.