The Relationship of President Hadi with Riyadh and Abu Dhabi: Gains, Losses, Dangers and Opportunities

EPC | 15 Apr 2014

The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi has been chilly. It is not clear that this kind of relationship has achieved or will achieve gains for any side. On the contrary, this relationship resulted in losses for all. As for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the losses include the decline of their role and influence on the ongoing political transition and settlement in Yemen, in favor of other competing powers such as Iran and Qatar. Furthermore, this chilly relationship has been in favor of internal adversaries, i.e., the MB and Houthis. As for President Hadi, this chilly relationship has overshadowed his management of the transitional phase, as well as the impact on the chances for support that might come from his biggest supporters Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. In view of these losses suffered by all, parties to this relationship need to work to change the status quo and improve this relationship. Improving this relationship can introduce a number of opportunities for all parties. Fixing this relationship with Hadi makes it some kind of a profitable political investment for Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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