Dubai: An Arab alliance, fighting Iran-aligned Al Houthi militants in Yemen, is solid and strong, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said on Sunday.

The alliance, led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, militarily intervened in Yemen in 2015 in response to a request from the country’s internationally recognised government and has since helped government troops retake large chunks of territory from Al Houthi extremists.

“The Arab alliance in Yemen, with the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in its heart, is solid and strong,” Dr Gargash tweeted. He added that the alliance has been consolidated in the course of Yemen’s crisis and war.

“The alliance is getting ready for the next phase with its political and military tools, determined as it is to achieve its strategic objectives,” he added.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly backed UN efforts to peacefully resolve Yemen’s devastating crisis, which is dragging on due to the Iran-sponsored Al Houthis’ procrastination.