Saudi backed Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak has refuted claims about any agreements to establish foreign military bases in his country, specifically an airbase of the United Arab Emirates.
Such agreements must be approved by the Yemeni parliament, since these issues are related to the country’s sovereignty. However the UAE military also occupies and controls 4 of the 5 Yemeni ports in the poorest Arab invaded nation.
Our key principle is that all of Yemen’s land, its water, and its skies are its key value, no side can reject that, therefore, there is no agreement signed with anyone on constructing a military base on Yemeni territory.
The Associated Press recently reported that the UAE was building an airbase on Yemen’s Mayun Island in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait that separates the Arabian Peninsula from Africa.
Satellite images reportedly show a 1,850-metre (6,070-foot) runway and three hangars. On Wednesday, Yemeni lawmakers requested the government to provide an explanation.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.