The UAE acknowledged that it had fought the Muslim Brotherhood Group in Yemen, describing them as among its enemies in Yemen, despite the frequent meetings between the group’s leaders and Emirati officials, and hosting some of their leaders in Abu Dhabi officially and publicly in late 2018.
Major-General Isa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, said that his country was fighting three enemies at the same time, namely the Houthi coup, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Recruitment of 200,000 Soldiers:
During a formal reception witnessed by the leaders of the UAE, marking the return of Emirati forces from Yemen, Al Mazrouei said that his country had recruited 200,000 soldiers in the areas he described as liberated without indicating whether or not they were affiliated with the Yemeni army.
Al Mazrouei, the commander of joint operations in Yemen, indicated that the decision to engage in military operations in Yemen was taken due to the Houthi advance towards the city of Aden on March 25, 2015.
Al Mazrouei said that the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council decided to enter the war in Yemen on March 21, 2015 during their meeting at the Durya Palace in Saudi Arabia, if the Houthis continued their attacks and came forward to Aden.
In November 2018, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed, met the head of the Yemeni Reform Party, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Al-Yadoumi, and his Secretary-General, Abdul Wahab Al-Anisi, in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.
However, that meeting that brought together the party’s leaders with Emirati officials was not the first of its kind. During December 2017, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi met with the party’s leaders in Riyadh.
The official Saudi News Agency said that during the meeting, the developments of the Yemeni scene and the efforts made in this regard were reviewed, according to the principles of achieving security and stability for the Yemeni people, as they claimed.
Yemen has been mired in almost five years of conflict since Houthi rebels overthrew the internationally-recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from Sanaa in late 2014. A Saudi-UAE-led military coalition intervened in 2015 to try to restore Hadi.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions displaced in the war in Yemen, which the UN says has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.