World Bulletin / News Desk
Embattled President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi met Monday with U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller in the southern city of Aden, a diplomatic source said Monday.
"Hadi received Tueller at the presidential palace in Aden, where talks touched on local political developments," the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency, giving no further details.
Diplomatic sources had told AA earlier that the U.S. and U.K. embassies in Yemen were set to resume operations within days, but from Aden – from which Hadi is trying to reinstate his rule – and not capital Sanaa.
According to the sources, the two diplomatic missions will follow in the footsteps of several Gulf States that relocated their envoys from Sanaa to Aden after the Shiite Houthi militant group took over the former city.
In February, days after the Houthis issued a "constitutional declaration" dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council, the two diplomatic missions suspended operations in Sanaa for "security reasons."
The "constitutional declaration" was rejected by most of Yemen's political forces – along with some neighboring Gulf countries – which described it as a "coup against constitutional legitimacy."
The embassies' relocation to Aden comes as a boost for Hadi, who fled to the southern city from Sanaa – where he had been placed under house arrest by the Houthis – earlier this month.
Upon his arrival, Hadi declared himself Yemen's "legitimate" leader, going on to assert that all Houthi decrees issued since last September were "null" and "illegitimate."
The Houthi group, for its part, has vowed to prosecute government officials loyal to Hadi, who the Shiite group considers "illegitimate."Last Mod: 02 Mart 2015, 13:58