The U.S. ambassador to Yemen visited President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden Sunday, their first public meeting since Washington closed its embassy in Sanaa last month after Houthis took full control there.
Ambassador Matthew Tueller appears seated with Hadi at the presidential compound in the al-Tawahi district of Aden.
Aden television quoted Tueller as saying: “There is no choice before Yemenis other than what they have chosen, which is the national dialogue that President Hadi also supports.”
He was referring to nearly a year of talks held by various political factions on political and administrative reforms.
Tueller made no mention of any plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Aden, after the U.S. embassy in Sanaa was closed last month due to what it described as the deteriorating security situation in the capital.
A senior U.S. official traveling with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Montreux, Switzerland says Washington was not considering establishing a U.S. embassy in Aden.
“No. We are currently exploring the option of some embassy staff relocating to another country in the region to continue their engagement on Yemen,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.