CAIRO: The embattled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who announced his resignation and took it back, has received an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to attend the Arab Summit scheduled for March 23 and 24 in Sharm el-Sheikh of South Sinai, Sky News Arabia reported Tuesday.
U.S.-ally Hadi and Yemeni military troops clashed with Shiite Houthis forces near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa, where he, his Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and the Cabinet members were placed under house arrest on Jan.19, where they also announced their resignation.
Hadi, however, escaped from Sanaa to the southern city of Aden Feb. 22, and announced that he was still the “legitimate president.” He announced that Aden is the official capital of Yemen rather than Sanaa on March 7.
Hadi accused Iranian former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of cooperating with the Houthis to control Sanaa, France 24 reported, saying “the Houthis asked me to enroll 25,000 troops from the Houthis in the security and military institutions.”
The Iran-backed Houthis lifted the house arrest on Bahah and the Cabinet members Monday. Bahah announced on his official Facebook page that the release is a gesture of good faith between the conflicting parts, adding that he still recognizes his Cabinet’s resignation.
Lifting the house arrest came after negotiations mediated by U.N special envoy for Yemen Gamal Bin Omar and foreign countries and international NGOs, he added.
Hadi held a first meeting with the resigned government in Aden Monday, saying that a dialogue between warring parts will be held in the Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) soon, Sky News said.
The Houthis leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthis was quoted by the Yemeni New agency, which controlled by his group, that he in indirect talks with Saudi Arabia over the Yemeni crisis.