Fighters from the STC deploy in the southern city of Aden after the council declared self-rule in the south [Mohamed Abdelhakim/AFP]

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has urged Yemen’s southern separatist group, which has declared self-rule in the south, to abide by an agreement to end a previous standoff with the Saudi-backed government.

The declaration by the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Sunday, which included emergency rule in southern regions, threatens to renew conflict with the government.


They are both parts of a military alliance formed by Saudi Arabia to battle Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which overthrew the internationally recognised government from power in the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.

“Any step that is contrary to the Riyadh agreement should be cancelled,” the Saudi

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