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15 March 2002

Cheney Discusses US-Yemeni Partnership Against Terror

(US planning increased military, economic assistance) (570)
Vice President Richard Cheney met with Yemen's President Ali Abdullah
Saleh in Sana'a, March 14, to express U.S. appreciation for Yemen's
determination to eradicate the al Qaeda presence in Yemen.
Cheney indicated that the United States would provide training to
Yemeni special forces for counterterrorism and assist the Yemeni
military with essential equipment needs. According to a statement
released by the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a March 14, the Vice President
also pledged increase economic and development assistance to Yemen.
In addition to counterterrorism and bilateral issues, the two leaders
discussed matters related to regional stability including the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iraq's development of weapons of mass
destruction.
Yemen was the third stop on Cheney's ten-day tour of twelve countries,
including nine Arab nations and the United Kingdom, Turkey, and
Israel.
Following is the text of a March 14 press release from the Embassy
Sana'a Public Affairs Office:
(begin text)
American Embassy
Public Affairs Office
Sana'a, Yemen
March 14, 2002
PRESS RELEASE:
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY VISITS YEMEN
Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh in
Sana'a this afternoon to discuss the developing multi-faceted
relationships between the United States and Yemen, as well as the
Middle East peace process and Gulf security.
On his first overseas trip as Vice President, Mr. Cheney made Yemen
his third stop on a ten-day tour of twelve countries, including nine
Arab nations and the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Israel.
Focusing first on the intensifying relations between Yemen and the
United States and their partnership in the global war on terrorism,
the Vice President expressed his deep appreciation for President
Saleh's determination to eradicate the al Qaeda presence in Yemen. The
two leaders also discussed ways of further strengthening U.S. - Yemeni
cooperation in staunching potential terrorist flows through the
region. Mr. Cheney indicated that in addition to being responsive to
Yemen's request for training its special forces in their
counterterrorism mission, the United States is planning to address
essential military equipment needs and to increase assistance to Yemen
in the economic and development fields. Yemen and the U.S. also
continue planning of the Yemeni Coast Guard. Just as important will be
U.S. help in encouraging other members of the international coalition
to contribute to Yemen's development plans.
In reviewing the latest developments in the Middle East, the Vice
President welcomed the Yemeni President's support for General Zinni's
mission in the area. Mr. Cheney summed up that what the United States
is striving for is the ending of the cycle of violence between
Israelis and Palestinians and the implementation of the Tenet and
Mitchell plans with the ultimate objective being the establishment of
a Palestinian state coexisting peacefully with Israel.
Vice President Cheney and President Saleh also discussed the need to
enhance security in the Gulf and address Iraq's development of weapons
of mass destruction.
Mr. Cheney's meetings with President Saleh were attended, on the
American side, by United States Ambassador to Yemen Edmund J. Hull;
Mr. Lewis Libby, Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the
Vice President and Assistant to the Vice President for National
Security; General Wayne Downing, Assistant to the President and Deputy
National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism; Ambassador William
Burns, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; and Vice
Admiral Walter F. Doran, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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