What Happened: The Yemeni government and the separatist forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) signed a reconciliation agreement in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Nov. 5, The National reported.
Why It Matters: The agreement will resolve the latest instance of tensions between Yemen's northern and southern regions amid an ongoing civil conflict in the country. The deal will also allow Saudi Arabia to increase its presence in the country and fill a space left by the withdrawal of Emirati forces from Aden and southern Yemen.
Background: Violence between the STC and the Yemeni government erupted in August and it has taken both sides multiple weeks to reach an agreement. The STC has been loosely aligned with the Yemeni government in recent years in the fight against the Houthi rebels.
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