Bush thanks Yemen for cooperation in war on terror

ANA’A, May 02 (Saba) – President George W. Bush has shown appreciation for Yemen’s cooperation in war on terror. Bush made it clear that he discussed with president Saleh over mutual desire to bring radicals and murderers to justice. President Bush highlighted latest Yemeni election by saying “it was a remarkable occurrence that his great country has a free and open election. I have had a chance to congratulate him and thank him in person today.” I also thanked president Saleh for his strong support in way against extremists and terrorist, said Bush speaking to media. For his part, President Ali Abdullah Saleh thanked Bush for the good reception and hospitality, and for excellent and fruitful talks with him. He appreciated limitless support by president bush and the untied stated fotr Yemen in field of combating terror. Yemen is an essential partner of the United States of America and the international community in combating terror. We will continue in this path, on this track, president Saleh said. He added that he talked with president Bush over a number of issues, including Palestinian-Israeli problem, the situations in Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan. “We found complete understanding on the issues that we have discussed with president Bush,” he said. He said that bilateral relations between Yemen and the United States were discussed as well. He praised the position of president Bush when he expressed his belief in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, side by side with the state of Israeli. “I wish that his Excellency would purse his effort and will continue his effort in implementing the Arab initiative which was adopted in summit of Beirut to maintain peace in the region”, Saleh said. He confirmed that adoption of such an initiative would end 70 percent of the problems in the region. He said that president Bush would be in history if he can be successful of establishing the independent Palestinian state before leaving the White House. AH/NSSABA