Emirati top diplomat says UAE committed to fight in Yemen

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The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates says his country is committed to continue its support of Yemen's internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart Tuesday that the UAE is also "very much committed" to pursuing al-Qaida in Yemen where the group has taken root because of the lack of government control.

He didn't address the question whether the UAE intended to either scale up or down its troop presence in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels and allied troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A senior Emirati official last month stepped back from earlier remarks that the war in Yemen was over for UAE troops.