By NY Staff
The United States welcomes the announcement that the Yemeni National Dialogue will begin on March 18. This is a positive development, and we commend the leadership of President Hadi and the Preparatory Committee in working with all parties in Yemen to bring about this key element of Yemen’s political transition. The Dialogue’s launch will mark another significant step in implementing the political transition initiative brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council and in laying the groundwork for national elections in February 2014.
We urge President Hadi and all Yemeni parties to move expeditiously toward an inclusive, transparent, and constructive Dialogue. Full participation by all segments of Yemeni society – including Southerners, Houthis, women, civil society organizations, youth, rural populations, and others – is essential to address issues fundamental to Yemen’s future.
The protesters further called for the withdrawal of American Marines. They also urged for an end to the US assassination drone attacks, which they blame for the deaths of many civilians.
The protesters accused Washington of preventing the fulfillment of the demands of a popular uprising that took place two years ago, saying that the US is imposing its policies on the country by backing a deal that equally shares power between the opposition and figures loyal to former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The deal also keeps allies of the deposed ruler in key military posts, the protesters said.