Yemeni FM Says Ali Salem al-Baid Living in Beirut under Hizbullah Protection

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Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubaker al-Qirbi said on Wednesday that the exiled former South Yemeni president is living in Beirut under the protection of Hizbullah.

Qirbi's comments came as he was criticizing Ali Salem al-Baid in an interview in pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper.

“Al-Baid receives backing from Iran and Hizbullah,” Qirbi said.

He added: “He lives in Beirut under Hizbullah protection.”

U.S. envoy to Sanaa Gerald Feierstein had told Al-Hayat in March 2012 that the United States believes Hizbullah and Hamas are helping Iran to expand its influence in Yemen at the expense of the country's Gulf neighbors.

Baid, the last president of the region before union and a member of the Southern Movement is opposed to national talks that began in Sanaa on March 18 and still campaigns for southern independence.

Hardliners led by Baid are demanding negotiations between two independent states in the north and south.

Supporters of southern independence often stage demonstrations against the national dialogue, especially in Aden.

After the former North and South Yemen united in 1990, the south broke away in 1994, triggering a short-lived civil war that ended with the region being overrun by northern troops.

Comments 4
Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 02 October 2013, 17:50

God Bless the Islamic Secular Resistance for harboring the honorable Al-Baid in Dahiyeh and providing him with the means to continue his quest towards achieving an independent and democratic Shia South Yemen. Once again the resistance proves its support for majority wishes be it in Syria, Bahrain, or even Yemen. I, Roaring-FlameThrower aka RFT, wish to draw Sayyed Hassan's attention to the plight of Moslems in Myanmar as they are being slaughtered on a daily basis by the Buddhists. Perhaps, a few warriors would do the job. Bless you Sayyed Hassan....

Thumb joker37 02 October 2013, 20:32

Wrong. He is a sunni and south yenen is sunni. North uemen is zaidi shia.
HA are supporting him in order to undermine the saudi backed central government

Thumb Elemental 03 October 2013, 07:10

I see 2 people and their 12 fake accounts disagree

Thumb Elemental 03 October 2013, 07:11

Most of them are in Bourj El Barajneh.