Violence in the South, Secession and Iran

EPC | 25 Jul 2013

A dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the southern governorates in Yemen has replaced the Saudi-Russian dispute in the last century. Tehran, which would not have backed the separatist movement in the past years if it wasn’t for frustrating Riyadh, is backing this movement now based on the promises given by Ali Salem al-Beidh, to become subordinate to Iran, if they were able to secede from Yemen. Saudi Arabia might be tempted to believe that the size of Iran’s influence and interference inside Yemen is still practically much less than its influence. But what matters is the rate of growth of this influence for both countries. This is evident based on the influential ability of both Tehran and Riyadh in Yemen, in comparison with their respective influential elements, reasons and history in the relations with Yemen.

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