(AA) – Embattled President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi met Tuesday with recently-appointed U.K. Ambassador to Yemen Edmund Fitton-Brown in the southern city of Aden, a presidential source has said.
The two men discussed bilateral relations and recent developments in Yemen, the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency without elaborating.
The meeting came one day after similar talks – also held in Aden – between Hadi and U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller.
Diplomatic sources had told AA earlier that the U.S. and U.K. embassies in Yemen were both set to resume operations within days, only from Aden – from which Hadi is trying to reinstate his presidency – and not capital Sanaa.
According to the sources, the two missions will follow in the footsteps of several Gulf States that relocated their Yemen missions from Sanaa to Aden after the Shiite Houthi militant group took over the former city last September.
In February, days after the Houthis issued what they described as a constitutional declaration dissolving parliament and establishing a transitional council, the two missions suspended operations in Sanaa for “security reasons.”
The Houthis’ constitutional declaration was rejected by most of Yemen’s political forces – along with some neighboring Gulf countries – which described it as a coup.
The relocation of the missions to Aden will come as a boost for Hadi, who fled last month to the southern city from Sanaa, where he had been placed under house arrest by the Houthis.
Upon his arrival to Aden, 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 that remain loyal to Hadi, who the Shiite group considers “illegitimate.”