Socotra’s governor, Ramzi Mahrous, arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, days after he left the archipelago after the Emirati-backed transitional council took control of the island.
A private source confirmed to Bilqis channel that “Mahrous” arrived in Riyadh on a Saudi plane, coming from Al-Mahra Governorate, without giving further details.
The source did not mention the goal of the governor’s visit, but pointed out that consultations are currently taking place between the government and the transitional, with Saudi sponsorship, on the implementation of the Riyadh agreement.
Mahrous had accused the Saudi forces in the archipelago of colluding with the transitional gunmen, and of contributing to the overthrow of the province.
“The fall of Socotra came after an agreement sponsored by the Saudi forces on the island,” Mahrous said, in a telephone conversation with the satellite channel, “Al-Mahriya”.
He added: “We received guarantees from the Saudi forces to stop the escalation, but they retracted their guarantees and left the transitional militia controlling Socotra.”
And Mahrous continued: “Socotra turned to a press paper for an alliance on President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the government, but it will return to the bosom of legitimacy.”
On Sunday, a government official said that the UAE was planning to establish military bases in Socotra, after it became subject to “full Emirati sovereignty,” he said.
This came in a series of tweets to the adviser to the Yemeni Minister of Information, Mukhtar Al-Rahbi, on his account on Twitter.
Al-Rahbi indicated that the UAE intends to separate the province from Yemen and establish military bases during the coming period under the pretext of protecting it from Qatar and Turkey.