facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Britain welcomes Yemeni dialogue

Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Yemen is called on the take advantage of an opportunity for peaceful political transition during the national dialogue session, the British government said.

Members from the U.N. Security Council visited Yemen this week to express support for a political transition led by President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The visit comes as Hadi announced the commencement of a national dialogue.

Yemen has struggled with national security in the face of a threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

A national dialogue conference is expected to culminate in preparations for a draft constitution. General elections should take place in 2014.

Alistair Burt, British minister for the Middle East and North Africa, said the developments were significant steps for Yemen's evolution.

"It is only through entering a genuine and serious dialogue that Yemenis can begin to address old grievances, resolve underlying causes of conflict and make preparations for a new constitution," he said in a statement. "Yemenis must take advantage of this once-in-a-generation chance to create the foundations of a more prosperous, representative and secure Yemen."

London is hosting a Friends of Yemen meeting March 7 alongside the government of Saudi Arabia.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus
2
Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid
3
Body of missing realtor Beverly Carter found Body of missing realtor Beverly Carter found
4
Imran Khan claims record-breaking rally in Pakistan Imran Khan claims record-breaking rally in Pakistan
5
$900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station $900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station
Trending News
x
Feedback