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Obama endorses vice president before election
SANAA, Yemen — President Obama threw his support behind Yemen’s vice president just days before an election expected to enshrine him as the new leader of a country the U.S. sees as crucial to the fight against al Qaeda.
Mr. Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, read the text of the letter to reporters Sunday after delivering it to Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi during a two-day visit to the troubled Gulf Arab nation.
In the letter, Mr. Obama said he looks forward to deeper relations between the two countries and vows that the U.S. will be “a strong and reliable partner.”
He also said he hoped Yemen’s political transformation would inspire other Middle East nations facing political transitions.
“I know you face challenges ahead, but I am optimistic that Yemen can emerge as a model for how peaceful transition in the Middle East can occur when people resist violence and unite under a common cause,” he said.
Mr. Saleh’s security forces have used lethal force against demonstrators, killing hundreds, and many others have died in armed clashes with security forces.
He criticized leaders in the security apparatus who have used forces under their command for personal gain.
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