UAE plunders Yemen’s energy resources through gas deal with France: report

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly plundering Yemen’s energy resources to pay for recent multi-billion dollar arms deals with France, which aim to boost Abu Dhabi’s air power as part of its murderous war waged by Saudi Arabia against Yemen.

Yemeni news site al-Khabar al-Yemeni, citing informed sources who preferred not to be named, reported that French Ambassador to Yemen Jean-Marie Safa met with a number of tribal leaders on Saturday. allies in the United Arab Emirates from Shabwah province in southern Yemen. as part of efforts to restart the main liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility in the region under an agreement with Abu Dhabi.

The report adds that the meeting focused on operational measures at the Belhaf LNG facility, where French oil and gas multinational TotalEnergies SE owns and controls more than 50% of the shares.

Earlier, the new governor of Shabwah province, Awad Mohammed Abdullah al-Awlaki, said that the Balhaf facility would be commissioned in the near future.

The report comes as French Defense Minister Florence Parly tweeted Friday that Paris would strengthen the United Arab Emirates’ missile system after a series of retaliatory ballistic missile and drone attacks by the Yemeni Armed Forces.

The French defense ministry said the deal with Abu Dhabi would see operations conducted from al-Dhafra air base offering refueling and surface-to-air capabilities.

“Air operations are planned… in coordination with the Emirati air force, to detect and intercept drone strikes or cruise missiles targeting the United Arab Emirates,” Parly said.

France is also helping the UAE conduct aerial surveillance using Rafale fighter jets stationed at the French air base in Abu Dhabi, the ministry said.

France maintains close economic and political ties with Abu Dhabi and has a permanent military base in the Emirati capital.

It struck a deal in December to sell 80 Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, the largest-ever overseas sale of the French fighter jet, and 12 helicopters.

Bahrain denounces a “bloody” war against Yemen

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, denounced Saudi Arabia’s “bloody” military aggression against Yemen.

“According to religious principles and human conscience, the invasion of Yemen is dirty in nature. The all-out military aggression against the Yemeni people is being carried out at the behest of the authoritarian US government by a Muslim and neighboring country,” he said in a statement.

The senior Bahraini Shia cleric also criticized what he described as the Muslim world’s dissociation from Islamic teachings and values ​​in the face of Saudi Arabia’s unjust war on Yemen.

“The war in Yemen is a large-scale aggression. Any Muslim, regardless of position, can measure his faithfulness and piety by the level of concern he shows for the affairs of Muslims around the world,” he stressed.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, backed by the United States and European powers, launched war on Yemen in March 2015, aiming to return the government of the former Yemeni president to power. Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and crush the popular movement. Ansarullah resistance movement.

The war has claimed hundreds of thousands of Yemeni lives and displaced millions more. He also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite heavy-armed Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombardment of the impoverished country, Yemen’s armed forces have steadily grown stronger, leaving Riyadh and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, mired in the country.