Article Date: Jul 4, 2012 - 8:08:55 PM
Upon his arrival to Sana’a, the capital, US special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar reiterated his commitment towards Yemen, saying he would work in collaboration with President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his government to overcome all political roadblocks and set the impoverished nation onto the road of recovery.
As per reported by Saba news agency, Benomar hailed Yemen’s efforts to organize its first National Dialogue, telling Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi that only such a political exercise could allow all warring factions to constructively aired their differences and mend bridges, paving the way toward national reconciliation.
2011 uprising and the departure from power of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh created a political void which movements and factions which so far had to remain on the outskirts of power exploited in a bid to take control over Yemen, deepening the country’s political crisis. Groups such as al-Harak – Southern Secessionist Movement – and al-Houthis – Shiite rebel group – actually resorted to violence to promote their agenda, hoping the central government will offer little resistance.
Determined to maintain Yemen’s unity, President Hadi refused to be dragged into an open conflict, calling on all parties to sit at the negotiating table.
Benomar who also met on Saturday with President Hadi, promised that the UN Security Council will fully support the coalition government’s moves to fully implement the GCC brokered power-transfer agreement, saying that if necessary the Security Council will punish those hindering or opposing Hadi’s executive orders.
“The will of the international community has been successfully translated in the success of the political settlement in Yemen”, said Hadi.
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