U.S. Official Visits Yemen Amid Political Unrest
U.S. Homeland Security undersecretary Rand Beers was in Yemen this week discussing security, trade, and immigration issues. In a statement released Tuesday Beers said, “The United States has a profound interest in advancing Yemen’s security and prosperity,” and that “By enhancing collaboration with the government of Yemen, we reaffirm our commitment to more effectively secure our two countries against evolving threats and improve the trade and investment climate in Yemen.” President Hadi expressed his high appreciation of the assistance the USA has presented to Yemen in political, economic, and security fields.
The U.S. visit comes during a period of political tension in Yemen as the start date of the national dialogue remains to be set and the Southern Movement has increased its calls for secession. In response, President Hadi ordered the formation of two panels on Tuesday to resolve Southern grievances; one will deal with land disputes and the other will handle cases of fired civil servants. France 24 reports that “No date has yet been set for the national dialogue, but political sources said it could begin later this month or in early February.” The dialogue, which was announced after former President Saleh stepped down, will discuss constitutional reforms and future presidential elections.