Exiled Yemeni PM returns to Aden

Sana’a, Aug 1 (IANS) Exiled Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah arrived in the country’s southern port city of Aden from Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Bahah, who is also the country’s vice president, arrived along with six ministers of the exiled government. He landed at the Aden International Airport by a Saudi plane under protection of soldiers of the Saudi-led coalition, Xinhua reported citing airport sources.

The prime minister arrived from Saudi capital Riyadh, where the Yemeni government has been based since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled a Houthi advance on Aden in March, a media report said.

He will hold meetings with anti-Houthi forces in Aden on military operations in Lahj and Abyan provinces, security sources said, adding that the ministers would also focus on rebuilding efforts and aid delivery.

The Saudi-led coalition has fought against the Iranian-backed Shia Houthi militia and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Aden since March.

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was ousted by the Shia Houthi group, which has taken control of Yemeni capital city of Sana’a since September 2014.

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