Al-Jazeera received a draft agreement between the Yemeni government and the UAE-backed transitional council from Saudi Arabia. A Yemeni official described it as a play to serve the UAE project.

The draft provides for the formation of a unity government between the north and south of Yemen, and the absorption of the Transitional Council and southern components in the government and local authority.

It also provides for the involvement of the Transitional Council and southern components in negotiations for a comprehensive political solution.

Under the draft agreement, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi will appoint the prime minister and ministers of sovereign portfolios.

The draft requires signatories not to form forces outside state institutions.

It also provides for Saudi supervision of the structure of security forces and the establishment of a neutral security force to oversee the transition.

It also provides for Riyadh to form a political team in Aden to oversee the implementation of the terms of the agreement.

In the first government comment, the media advisor at the Yemeni embassy in Riyadh, Anis Mansour, considered this draft just a play and pressure on legitimacy, and said it is still a dead letter.

Mansour added, in contact with Al Jazeera, that the draft legal and political work carried out by Saudi Arabia to serve the UAE project in a roundabout way, to avoid legal accountability for what it committed in Yemen from the bombing of the army and the fall of Yemeni victims.

A few days ago, four sources familiar with the negotiations between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the UAE-backed southern secessionist transitional council revealed that the two sides were close to concluding an agreement to end the confrontation in Aden.

Two Yemeni government officials said Saudi Arabia had proposed integrating the Southern Transitional Council into President Hadi's government and deploying Saudi forces in Aden to oversee the formation of a neutral security force.

It is noteworthy that officials and witnesses confirmed a few days ago that the United Arab Emirates withdrew some of its forces from the temporary city of Aden, Yemen, in conjunction with Saudi efforts to reach a draft agreement Jeddah.

In June, the UAE reduced its presence in Yemen and mainly from the West Coast, with mounting Western pressure to end the war and rising tensions with Iran, raising security concerns in the Gulf.