President Saleh meets U.S. Senate delegation

SANA’A, Jan.20 (Saba) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Vice President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi met on Thursday with US Senate delegation led by the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Senator Carl Levin. At the meeting, President Saleh and vice president Hadi and the US senator discussed joint bilateral ties and cooperation between the two friendly countries and ways of boosting them. Thy also discussed common interests of both countries, particularly cooperation in security field, combating terrorism and training Yemeni military and coastguard forces. Chairman of the Armed Services Committee asserted his country’s keenness to boost relations with Yemen and expanding horizons of joint cooperation between the two countries, including various aspects of political, economic, cultural and others. He pointed out the visit of the U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Yemen was successful as she affirmed her country’s keenness to improve relations and joint cooperation between the two countries not only in the field of security and fighting terrorism but also for further cooperation in political, economic, developmental and cultural domains. He also asserted that Yemen is a key alley to the United States, highlighting the Yemeni efforts in fighting terrorism and what have been achieved by the country in this field. He also touched on decisions that have been adopted by the US Congress to increase aid to Yemen in order to face challenges either in the security or developmental field. For his part, President Saleh confirmed that Yemen is keen to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation between Yemen and the United States, indicating Yemen’s effort in fighting terrorism and supporting international efforts in this field. HA