UAE concluded on Sunday, a new deal between Tariq Saleh, the leader of its pro- colaition factions on the western coast of Yemen, and Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the leader of its factions in the south, in an effort to tighten its grip on the east.
Informed sources reported that the deal required the formation of a unified front to overthrow Marib, in return for sharing the wealth of Hadhramaut and Shabwah.
The deal includes military pressure by expelling the first military zone from Wadi Hadhramaut, in what narrows the screws on Islah in Marib, and politically, with pressure to appoint Dhiab bin Maili, director of the “National Resistance” office in Marib, as governor, instead of Sultan al-Aradah.
Tariq and Al-Zubaidi had published photo of them with Bin Maili, after intensive meetings in UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, followed by a single picture of Al-Zubaidi with the governors of the GPC conference in Shabwah, Awad Ibn Al-Wazir, and Hadhramaut, Mabkhout bin Madi.
The sources expected that Bin Ma’ili would be named governor of Marib and enable him to work temporarily from Al-Wadi’ah district, east of Hadhramaut.
The new deal comes at a time when the oil regions in eastern Yemen are witnessing a new throe, with Saudi Arabia limiting the transitional incursion towards Hadhramaut oil plateau, and continued pressure on Sultan Al-Aradah to hand over the position of governor.
Moreover, UAE attempt to push, Tariq, to escalate eastward comes to avoid Saudi Arabia thwarting the transitional efforts in Hadhramaut.