A meaningful gesture

Fakhri Al-Arashi

January 27th will mark a new development in Yemen’s political transition process, when the United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting in Yemen.

The meeting represents a meaningful step in ongoing efforts to support a fragile nation as it moves forward. More meaningful than words – no matter how gracefully spoken – the act of holding the Security Council meeting in Sana’a will aid efforts to get the long-awaited National Dialogue smoothly underway. At the same time, the very presence of the Security Council will serve as a reminder to those who hope to hinder progress that international weight is backing the transition process’s forward momentum.

With past scenarios involving former president Ali Abdullah Saleh ever fading into the distance, the UN Security Council’s presence will show – just as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki moon’s presence and support succeeded in doing so this past November – that Yemen’s current president has the backing of powerful allies.

Such developments give President Hadi the power to continue his efforts to construct a new Yemen. For a nation which so often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to media coverage, the weight of the world behind a positive vehicle for progress and change will come as a most welcome relief.

The U.N. Security Council meeting in Sana’a has nothing to do with bringing money or investments into the country. What it will do is emphasize Yemen’s own need for safety and, yes, security.