Saleh chairs expanded-meeting of State leaderships

SANA’A,Feb.25(Saba)- President Ali Abdullah Saleh chaired on Thursday an expanded meeting of the State leaderships to discuss many issues and developments at the national arena, topped by efforts to push forward the national dialogue. At the meeting, President Saleh reviewed a number of initiatives and steps made by him in order to remove those tensions and to push forward the national dialogue. The meeting approved the formation of a committee headed by Prime Minister and membership of some ministers in order to carry out constructive and open dialogue with youth, including those who are sitting-in in a number of squares, particularly in Sana’a University, Tahreer Square in the capital Sana’a, and in Taiz and Aden province, and to listen from youth about their issues and aspirations so as to ensure addressing their issues and give them priority by the government. The attendants also touched on the economic and developmental situations, especially those related to addressing unemployment issues and creating job opportunities for youth. They stressed the need to speed up the creation of a fund to support university graduates as well as adopting small enterprises and soft loans that provide job opportunities for youth and improve their living conditions. In the meeting, the participants also dealt with the subject of fixing the national currency exchange rates and preventing any manipulation by some manipulators taking advantage of the current conditions. In this regard, the meeting warned manipulators and speculators in the currencies prices in order to achieve illegitimate interests and harm the national economy, and directed the government and the Central Bank of Yemen to take all actions to fix the national currency rate against the foreign currencies, particularly the U.S. dollar, and to hold accountable the manipulators of the currency exchange rates in accordance with the law. Moreover, the meeting discussed a report on the health situation in Hodeidah province in light of the spread of some epidemic diseases that have affected a number of areas in the province and cause some deaths, and instructed the government to quickly send medical teams to the province to combat the reasons leading to the spread of those diseases and provide treatment for the disease-infected cases. In addition, the meeting dealt with a number of issues that concern to the homeland and citizens and took decisions on them. BA Saba