Top diplomat says STC exploited crisis in Aden

Monitoring Desk

YEMEN: The Southern Transitional Council (STC), which declared self-rule in southern Yemen last week, exploited the crisis in Aden “to continue the revolt against the state”, Yemen’s foreign minister said on Friday.

Mohammad al-Hadhrami, in a phone conversation with EU External Action Service Secretary General Helga Schmid, said the UAE-backed separatist STC has no vision and is tied to foreign powers, Yemen’s official news agency Saba reported.

He said the STC has embarked on an “unknown adventure” that could have severe consequences for Y-emen. “If the STC continues this adventure, the troubles in the country will inc-rease even more,” he said.

Last week, the STC declared self-governance and a state of emergency in temporary capital Aden and southern provinces. The Yemeni government and 5 provinces – Hadhramaut, Shabwa, al-Mahra, Abyan, and the administration of Socotra – have rejected the STC’s move. (AA)