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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 SANAA 002279 SIPDIS DEPT FOR NEA/ARP ANDREW MACDONALD E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/28/2019 TAGS: PGOV PREL PINR SA IR YE SUBJECT: YEMENI TRIBAL LEADER: FOR SALEH, SAUDI INVOLVEMENT IN SA'ADA COMES NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON REF: A. RIYADH 1617 B. SANAA 2227 C. SANAA 1617 D. SANAA 1611 Classified By: CDA Angie Bryan for reasons 1.4(b) and (d). 1. (C) SUMMARY: President Saleh believes the Saudi Government's military actions in Sa'ada will alleviate mounting domestic political pressure on him to demonstrate progress against the Houthi rebels, according toxxxxx with close personal ties to Saleh and his inner circle. xxxxx told EconOff that Saleh views Saudi involvement in the war, and the concomitant increase in direct Saudi budget support to the ROYG, as an incentive to prolong the ROYG's campaign in Sa'ada. xxxxx also claimed that members of the Saudi Special Office for Yemen Affairs, in contrast to the Saudi Government's official support for the ROYG, are privately very skeptical of Saleh's claims regarding Iranian assistance for the Houthi rebels. The long absence from Saudi Arabia of Crown Prince Sultan, a Saleh skeptic who normally heads the Special Office, has meant that the Yemen file has largely been in the hands of King Abdullah, a firm supporter of Saleh, according to xxxxx End summary. Saleh relieved by saudi involvement, but still overwhelmed --------------------------------------------- -------------
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