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.

Yemen President's Aide Seized in Sanaa

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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