The Southern Transitional Council (STC) represents the claims to independence of South Yemen (known as South Arabia until 1967; today’s governorates of Aden, Lahij, the southern part of al-Dhali, Abyan, Shabwa, Hadramawt, al-Mahra and Socotra). Moreover, the STC acts in the interests of the local population and is providing security and stability in the South Yemeni territories, in the region of the Gulf of Aden and the Bab al-Mandab. The STC was proclaimed on May 4, 2017, and, subsequently, formed under the presidency of Aydarus al-Zubaydi. The council combines numerous political and civil society decision-makers from South Yemen. It consists of a Leadership Council of 24 persons, various departments, and the National Assembly. The National Assembly of 303 representatives from across the entire South Yemeni society was formed on November 30, 2017. Both bodies were formed on the basis of decisions by consensus. The major objective of the STC is the solution of the southern cause in peaceful ways and the restoration of the independence of South Yemen as a state with its pre-1990 borders.
Dr. Aydarus al-Naqib heads the General Administration for Foreign Affairs of the STC. The main office in the European Union is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and operates under the authority of the General Administration of Foreign Affairs. The office is a registered association in Germany under the designation “Büro der Außenbeziehungen des Übergangsrates Südarabiens in Europa e.V.” (Office of External Relations of the STC in Europe). The objective of the association is to foster fruitful and constructive exchange with European institutions, ministries, parties, research centers and institutions, civil society organizations, (political) foundations and media. Furthermore, the association wants to encourage lively dialogue with various European political and civil institutions in order to find a common solution for the war in Yemen and the southern cause.