Yemen: meeting May 17 to discuss anti-Houthi alliance

The press secretary for President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has called for a meeting between former associates of the Houthi and other political forces to discuss the current war.

Yemen: meeting May 17 to discuss anti-Houthi alliance

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yemen's president has called a meeting of political forces on May 17 to discuss his country's war that will include former associates of a powerful ally of the Houthis, a move that could bolster the ranks of opponents of the Iranian-allied force.

Mukhtar al-Rahbi, press secretary at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's office, said neither the Houthis nor their influential ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, were expected to attend the gathering, to be held in Saudi Arabia.

But individuals who recently broke with Saleh, who has the loyalty of large sections of the factionalised military, would be there, he said.

"The Houthis and Saleh will not attend, but leaders of the General People's Congress party who have broken away from Saleh, will attend," Rahbi told Reuters, referring to a political party led by the former veteran leader.

The talks, which would bring together southern forces and northern political parties, are aimed at forging common ground among opponents of the Houthis that would be used in any future dialogue with the Muslim group, officials in Hadi's administration in exile said.

At stake is an attempt to end six weeks of Saudi-led military strikes that have caused hundreds of civilian casualties and added further hardships to an existing humanitarian crisis by imposing a naval blockade.

Opponents of the Houthis see the group as a proxy force for Iran, extending Tehran's interest in the area.

Yemen has sunk deeper into crisis since the Houthis captured the capital Sanaa in September citing their exclusion from the government and an intention to fight corruption in the country.

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