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Yemen president in rare visit to estranged UAE ally

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Yemen's is to hold talks in today as he attempts to repair relations with the United Arab Emirates, which has increasingly sidelined him in its three-year military intervention.

is making the rare visit on the advice of Salman and of Saudi Arabia, where he lives in exile, Yemen's government-run agency reported.

and the UAE sent troops to in 2015 with the stated goal of restoring Hadi to power after he fled the country as Huthi Shiite rebels overran most of the country.

But Hadi's close relations with the Muslim Brotherood-dominated have infuriated Abu Dhabi, which has swung its support behind secessionists who want to restore the pre-1990 independence of south

With UAE backing, in January the secessionists overran the main southern city of where has its headquarters.

UAE forces and their allies have also occupied several other key ports and islands, including the strategic archipelago of Socotra, where too deployed troops last month as part of a deal to appease

The rift between Hadi and had largely overshadowed the war gainst the Huthi rebels who still control the capital and much of the north.

But last month UAE troops launched a joint offensive with Hadi's forces and their Saudi allies against the rebel-held port of Hodeida.

The city, which has a population of some 600,000, is the entry point for 70 per cent of Yemen's imports, the vast of majority of them desperately needed food, and there has been mounting UN and Western pressure for a halt to the potentially bloody assault.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 14:45 IST