The UAE has expressed on Saturday concern over the ongoing armed clashes in Aden, calling for de-escalation and maintaining the security and safety of Yemeni citizens, according to Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, said that efforts should focus on confronting Yemen’s Houthis and terrorist groups.

The minister called for responsible and serious dialogue in order to end the differences and work for unity to maintain security and stability.

He also stressed that the UAE, as an active partner in the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia, is exerting all efforts to de-escalate in Aden.

He added that UN envoy Martin Griffiths should push for the parties to de-escalate the situation in Aden, because of the negative impact it would have on the UN’s effort to maintain stability and security through dialogue and negotiations.