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UN envoy meets with Yemen's president in sign of support amid standoff with rebels

  • Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, right, meets U.N. envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, left, at the Republican Palace in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Aides to Yemen's embattled Hadi say he has met with the U.N. envoy to the country for the first time since fleeing the Shiite rebel-held capital. (AP Photo)

    Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, right, meets U.N. envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, left, at the Republican Palace in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Aides to Yemen's embattled Hadi say he has met with the U.N. envoy to the country for the first time since fleeing the Shiite rebel-held capital. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters march during an anti-Houthi demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Arabic writing on a banner at bottom left that reads,"no to the coup." and the other banners read "yes to legitimacy, no to the coup." A group of oil-rich Arab Gulf countries threw their support behind Yemen's embattled president Wednesday as the group's chief visited Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a southern port city he fled to amid the Shiite rebel power grab in the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Nadia Abdullah)

    Protesters march during an anti-Houthi demonstration in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Arabic writing on a banner at bottom left that reads,"no to the coup." and the other banners read "yes to legitimacy, no to the coup." A group of oil-rich Arab Gulf countries threw their support behind Yemen's embattled president Wednesday as the group's chief visited Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a southern port city he fled to amid the Shiite rebel power grab in the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Nadia Abdullah)  (The Associated Press)

Aides to Yemen's embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi say he has met with the U.N. envoy to the country for the first time since fleeing the Shiite rebel-held capital.

U.N. envoy Jamal Benomar has been struggling for months to resolve a crisis pitting Hadi against the Houthi rebels, who seized the capital in September and control much of the north. The rebels placed Hadi and his Cabinet ministers under house arrest in January, but Hadi was able to flee to the southern city of Aden earlier this month.

The U.N. Security Council says he remains Yemen's "legitimate president."

The officials spoke about Thursday's meeting on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.