As most of you know, there is a civil war taking place in Yemen, a Middle Eastern country that has strategic importance that could greatly affect our livelihood. The Hadi Government, publicly recognized as the official government of Yemen, is fighting against the Houthi Rebels, now known as the Supreme Political Council after their capture and conversion of the Yemen capital city, Sana’a. The Hadi government is now forced to operate out of the port city Aden, an important source of economic activity for our country. The Houthi rebels are Shia Muslims and if they succeed in completely displacing the Hadi government, there will be another Shia government in the Middle East and our economic goals may be threatened. The influence of AQAP and ISIL, Iran (another Shia government), and other countries with motives to interfere in Yemen can impact the conflict and in turn, our country. It is now March, 2015 and we, the United Arab Emirates, must decide what our role will be in this civil war, whether it be as a player behind-the-scenes or as an active participant. As your Emir, I call for members of all seven emirates to convene, discuss, evaluate, and plan our position on the Yemen Civil War.
With hopes of our country’s prosperity,
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan