The Kingdom, which granted Yemen a deposit of two billion dollars at the beginning of 2018, intends to support the government of the outgoing president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, with three billion dollars to secure the collapsing national currency in the southern and eastern governorates. However, the Saudi support that the new prime minister, Moein Abdul-Malik, talked about in a meeting with central bank officials in Aden, will not be free of charge, especially since Riyadh, which occupied Al-Mahra governorate three years ago, after announcing the first financial deposit, It intends, this time, to create conditions for the American and British navies to establish new military bases for them on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
Despite the great optimism shown by Abd al-Malik at the beginning of this week about the improvement in the economic and living conditions of the citizens, and his assertion that his government had received promises from the Kingdom to support the economy, he neglected to talk about the fate of Yemeni revenues that are being stolen by groups loyal to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the southern and eastern governorates. Rather, he contented himself with thanking the “countries that support the coalition of legitimacy”, as he called them, upon his visit to the “central” in Aden, which for his part failed to stop the deterioration of the Yemeni riyal against the dollar (720 riyals per dollar).
And Abdul-Malik, who built extensive relations with the Saudi embassy following his participation in the National Dialogue Conference sponsored by Riyadh between 2012 and 2014, has finally become one of the most important close associates of the latter, especially after working on implementing its agenda in Al-Mahra, during the past two years.
After the former prime minister, Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher, refused any military intervention without coordination with his government, and stipulated that the “coalition” military intervention be limited to the battle to restore “legitimacy”, he was detained by the UAE during a visit to Socotra island in May 2018, while his objection to the entry of Saudi forces into al-Mahra in the same year led to his dismissal from his post in mid-October of that year. Abdul Malik, who was Minister of Public Works in Bin Dagher’s government, was rewarded with his appointment as prime minister, which gave Saudi Arabia the green light to consecrate its military influence in Mahra under the justification of combating the smuggling of weapons to Sana’a, and the presence, through coast guard forces, on the coasts of militants in the Eastern Province. Likewise, there was no objection to the Saudi forces’ handing over of the Socotra archipelago to the UAE in early May.
Saudi Arabia, which believes that the economic war is less costly than the military one, has begun to change its strategy, by using money as a tool for war to escalate the military fronts against the forces of Sana’a, and to implement a new colonial agenda that requires improving its image in the governorates under the control of the Hadi government, after the escalation of popular demands, during the month. In the past, in Taiz, Marib, Hadramout, Aden and Lahj, with the departure of the aggression countries, which they accuse of being behind the deteriorating economic and living conditions in Yemen, in addition to the rising voices opposing the Saudi and Emirati military presence in the southern governorates, specifically in the governorates of Mahra and Socotra.
Against this background, sources close to the government of the resigned Hadi report that Riyadh has promised the new government a conditional financial deposit of three billion dollars, to stop the deterioration of the currency exchange rate in those provinces, while calling for the dismissal of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank in Aden, and the disclosure of corruption deals that involved a withdrawal process. Previous deposit.
Although Riyadh lifted the ban on withdrawing from the previous two billion dollars financial deposit, and last week it agreed to withdraw the remaining $ 93 million from the deposit, in parallel with announcing its intention to establish projects through reconstruction programs headed by its ambassador Yemen has Muhammad Al Jaber, with a value of $ 90 million, but it did not allow the pro-government government to resume the export of liquefied gas from the Balhaf oil port, which has been under the control of Emirati and Saudi forces in Shabwa for three years. In doing so, it deprives the Yemeni economy of two billion dollars annually in LNG revenues, and 1.9 billion dollars in annual revenues from crude oil sales.
And it responded to the demands of former ministers in the government of the resigned Hadi to liberate the ports and airports under the control of the aggression coalition in the western, southern and eastern coasts, such as Al-Mukha in Taiz, Balhaf in Shabwah and Dhabba in Hadhramaut and active in Al-Mahra, as well as the two Al-Rayyan international airports in Mukalla and the local al-Ghaydah in Mahra, which have turned into military bases It contains American and British operating rooms, by strengthening its military presence in the four ports and the two airports that have been closed for years, ignoring any demands aimed at restoring the activity of those important ports that were feeding the state treasury with hundreds of millions of dollars.
Economists confirm that the Yemeni economy has incurred $ 88.8 billion in lost opportunities as a result of the plunder of resources and wealth and the closure of ports and airports by the aggression and its mercenaries. Nevertheless, Riyadh is taking advantage of the deteriorating economic and living conditions in the country, to pass new colonial schemes on the coasts of the Arabian Sea.
Experts point out that the previous Saudi deposit is still a public debt for Yemenis, despite the kingdom’s failure to improve the economy and the living conditions of citizens. At this time, Riyadh is seeking to calm the situation with a new deposit that it agreed in principle to the beginning of last October, in exchange for creating conditions for the establishment of American military bases under the pretext of “fighting terrorism”, and the establishment of a British and Saudi military base on the shores of Al-Mahra governorate under the pretext of combating maritime piracy. And smuggling.
The US ambassador, Christopher Hanzel, went to the province of Mahra early last month, without the knowledge of the Hadi government, on a visit that coincided with the escalation of British actions before the formation of the new government, and London’s allegations that one of its ships had been piracy.
Rashid Al-Haddad – Al-Akhbar newspaper