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Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, attends the graduation of the second batch of Yemeni resistance trained by the UAE Armed Forces in Aden, 2015 (WAM)

Aden – Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Monday on an official visit, during which he discussed with the UAE leadership ongoing developments in Yemen on the military, political, security and economic levels.

Yemeni Presidential Advisor Yassin Makkawi said Hadi’s visit was aimed at “strengthening relations between the two brotherly countries, as the UAE plays a leading role, along with Saudi Arabia, in the Arab alliance to restore Yemen’s legitimacy.”

Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Makkawi said that the visit was a proof of deep relations between “our countries, represented in the legitimate government and President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi” and the UAE leadership.

The presidential advisor highlighted the presence of “integrated coordination and joint operation rooms to direct military operations aimed at supporting Yemen’s legitimacy.”

“The Arab alliance and the legitimate government’s main goal is to restore the country’s legitimacy and put an end to the Iranian expansion in the region, including Yemen,” he noted.

Yemen’s official news agency reported that Hadi’s visit to the UAE “underlines the deep bilateral relations, which are translated in strong cooperation and common brotherly sacrifices in the fields of honor and heroism, in the common battle against the rebels and their supporters.”

Hadi’s visit to the UAE follows a similar visit conducted to Saudi Arabia, where the Yemeni president reviewed political and economic developments, as well as military operations and latest achievements in liberating areas controlled by Houthis.