Yemen's internationally recognised government on Wednesday (September 4th) ruled out talks with separatists who have seized key parts of the south, saying it will talk only with their main backer, the UAE, AFP reported.
"If there is to be a dialogue, it will be with the UAE, under the supervision of Saudi Arabia, taking into consideration the Emirates is the main factor in the conflict between us and them," said deputy prime minister Ahmed al-Maisari.
"There was not and there will not be any sit-down with the so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC) whatsoever," he said in a voice recording uploaded to the interior ministry's YouTube channel.
"We do not want to sit with the tools but with the owners of the tools."
The UAE said that it remained committed to a Saudi proposal for talks between the separatists and the Yemeni government in Jeddah.
"We look forward with confidence and optimism to the success of the Jeddah meeting between the Yemeni government and the STC, to unity against the Houthi coup and to redoubling efforts to confront it as a priority," said UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash.