What Happened: Saudi forces have taken control over security in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, Reuters reported Oct. 14, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, responsibility for security in the city was handed over to a Saudi commander last week.
Why It Matters: Although negotiations between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government of Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi and the Emirati-supported Southern Transitional Council have yet to result in an agreement, it appears that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are moving ahead with implementing the intended outcome of the talks.
Background: Saudi Arabia has been attempting to quickly resolve the differences between the Hadi government and the STC by organizing talks in Jeddah to possibly shift its focus on negotiations with the Houthi rebels.
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