Yemen President: Foreign Forces Not Welcome


The Hindu
November 1, 2010

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DUBAI: Faced with mounting international pressure to do more, the leadership in Yemen is sending out a message that it will not allow the West to run its counter-terror drive against Al-Qaeda.

During his late Saturday press conference, Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh stressed that Sana’a would not permit foreign forces to undertake counter-terrorism operations on Yemeni soil. He added that Yemen would continue to participate in the war against terrorism, but in accordance with its “national potential,” state-run Saba news agency reported.

The press conference was held after two parcel bombs apparently originating from Yemen and bound for religious centres in Chicago were recovered on separate flights in Dubai and East Midlands airport in Britain.

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On Sunday, Yemen’s Information Minister, Hassan Al Lawzi asserted that Yemen’s determination to counter terrorism is driven first by its national security perceptions and then by “regional and international” considerations. Referring to the reportage on two suspicious package that were seized, he said that “there are unfortunately different and exaggerating reports on the issue [which are] serving Al-Qaeda and at the same time harming counterterrorism efforts”.

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