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US supports peaceful transfer of power in Yemen, official says


Dr. Abu Baker al-Girbi

WASHINGTON, The US administration expressed on Thursday its support for a peaceful and
organized transfer of power in Yemen.

The statement was made by US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns during his meeting with Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi in Washington.

Burns stressed the adherence of Washington to the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s initiative.

He asserted the US support to the Yemeni efforts in counterterrorism area in order to maintain security and stability in the region and particularly in Yemen, pointing to the US administration’s desire to enhance its relations with Yemen.

For his part, al-Qirbi pointed to the continuous endeavors to solve the current crisis peacefully via the establishment of an executive mechanism to carry out the Gulf initiative in a way that respects the Yemeni people’s choices. This emphasizes putting the country’s interest first and avoiding the outbreak of a civil war.

He also touched on the issue of the Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo, stressing the  need to speed up the release of the detainees in Bagram Air Base.

The Foreign Minister voiced the appreciation of the American support to Yemen in fighting against terrorism in Abyan governorate.

Al-Qirbi and Burns reviewed the last developments in the national arena and the bilateral cooperation relations, topped by security and counterterrorism areas.

On the other hand, al-Qirbi and a number of journalists, researchers and officials interested in the Yemeni affairs have taken part in a closed discussion session held in the Yemeni mission office. The discussions dealt with a number of issues concerning the Yemeni-US mutual relations and the current political developments in the country.