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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday urged Yemen to step up security cooperation with the United States during an unannounced visit to shore up ties with a nation that is fast becoming a major focus of American counterterrorism efforts.
Following the Obama administration’s pattern in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mrs. Clinton also emphasized that the United States wanted a broader relationship with Yemen beyond the fight against violent extremists. Mrs. Clinton is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Yemen in two decades.
“We face a common threat posed by the terrorists and al Qaeda, but our partnership goes beyond counterterrorism,” she told reporters after a nearly three-hour meeting with Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh. “We’re focused not just on short-term threats but long-term challenges,” such as Yemen’s chronic poverty and other economic and social problems, she said.
Under tight security, Mrs. Clinton landed in the capital of Sanaa, where she pressed Yemeni leaders to crack down further on radicals who have used the country as a base for launching attacks on the U.S. The radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, thought to be hiding in Yemen, is suspected of having inspired some of those attacks.
“I want to be frank about the fact that there are terrorists operating from Yemeni territory today — many of whom are not Yemeni, some of whom, I am sorry to say, are Americans,” Mrs. Clinton told students, lawmakers and rights activists at a town hall meeting. “They represent an urgent concern for the United States. They have sought to attack our country.”
At the same time, Mrs. Clinton said the U.S. supports efforts to address the underlying causes of extremism: poverty, corruption, social inequality and political divisions that have boiled into an insurgency. She said Yemen must stop the practice of child marriage and enact reforms.
“We seek a unified, stable, democratic and prosperous Yemen where civil society has room to operate, but al Qaeda does not,” she said. She noted that the Obama administration had tripled aid to Yemen over the past two years and rebalanced the package so it is not “disproportionally” weighted toward military and security.
Relations between the two countries were strained late last year by the disclosure of secret U.S. diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website. One cable reported that a senior Yemeni official lied to parliament by denying the U.S. was involved in airstrikes against extremists inside the country.
Mr. Saleh did not speak publicly after his lengthy meeting with Mrs. Clinton, but it appeared to have been cordial. “Yemen is keen on continuing bilateral discussions to address development and security challenges,” a Yemeni government statement said, welcoming Mrs. Clinton’s visit.
A senior U.S. official traveling with Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Saleh dwelled on counterterrorism issues, describing his country as a victim of violent extremists and fully committed to the fight against them. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the top-level talks, and called Mr. Saleh’s comments “encouraging.”
The senior U.S. official traveling with Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Saleh expressed surprise at the disclosures in the WikiLeaks cables. But the official said Mr. Saleh’s comments were gentle in comparison to what the U.S. has heard from other Mideast leaders.
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