STC Tells Asharq Al-Awsat it Continues to Hand Over Government Positions in Aden
The Southern Transitional Council confirmed on Sunday that it continued to hand over government institutions and offices in the temporary capital Aden to a Saudi-UAE committee tasked to oversee the withdrawal of STC fighters from positions they seized last week from Yemen’s legitimacy.
The spokesman for the Aden-based STC Nizar Haitham told Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday that the Council has formed its negotiating team, tasked with holding talks called for by Saudi Arabia.
“As soon as the date of the talks is announced, our team will travel to Saudi Arabia and work on a sustainable solution for Aden,” he said.
However, the spokesperson said that the names of the delegation’s members will be announced once the date of the meeting is set.
“We are currently handing over positions to the (Arab) Coalition. We have welcomed the Coalition’s request to keep government institutions in Aden neutral,” Haitham said.
He also denied that the STC forces were controlling the Central Bank of Yemen.
“We are not controlling the Central Bank because it is linked to the World Bank and therefore, its employees should be allowed to perform their duties,” he told the newspaper.
The legitimate government has said it will not hold talks with the STC in Saudi Arabia until its fighters withdraw from positions they seized in deadly fighting earlier this month.
If that is the case, “then what are we supposed to discuss?” the STC spokesman asked.
On Thursday, a joint Saudi-UAE military delegation travelled to Aden to discuss the details of the pullback.