Yemen President's Aide Seized in Sanaa

Yemen President's Aide Seized in Sanaa

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Shiite rebels in control of Yemen's capital said they seized President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's chief of staff, a claim confirmed by a senior official.

Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, who is also secretary general of the national dialogue set up to oversee the political transition, was arrested on Saturday at a checkpoint in Yemen's southern Hada district.

A statement by the Shiite Houthi said the kidnapping was a measure to prevent a UN-brokered agreement between the presidency and them in September "from being broken".

The chief of Yemen's national security service, General Mohammed al-Ahmadi, told reporters "talks are ongoing to secure his release".

Mubarak was appointed secretary-general of the national dialogue to oversee the political transition following the 2012 resignation of veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh after a bloody year-long uprising.

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