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UAE Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post that "the UAE and the rest of the coalition are not leaving Yemen." "We will continue to provide advice and help local Yemeni forces," Gargash said.

The UAE has announced the beginning of this month to reduce its forces in several areas in Yemen within the plan of "redeployment" for reasons of "strategic and tactical." In a move the Huthis consider, according to Gargash, a "confidence-building measure to create new momentum to end the conflict."

"While the UAE is reducing and redeploying its forces in Yemen, we are doing this the way we started – with open eyes," Gargash said in the article. "There was no easy victory and there will be no easy peace," he said. "But the time is now to double the focus on the political process."

The UAE has been a key member of the Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen since March 2015, in support of government forces in the face of Huthi rebels close to Iran.

Yemen has been embroiled in a bloody conflict since July 2014 between pro-government forces and the Houthi rebels, who have been in control of the capital Sanaa for more than four years. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, including many civilians, according to various humanitarian organizations.

WB / HZ (AFP)

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