Obama calls Yemeni President, discusses AQAP threat

The two leaders discussed continuing threat of Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula.

Updated: Jul 16, 2010, 10:51 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama made a telephone call to the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to discuss the current situation in the country including al Qaeda and other extremist organisations.

The two leaders discussed the continuing threat of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and international assistance to Yemen to support its counter-terrorism efforts.

"Obama applauded Yemen`s determination to address the terrorist threat the Yemeni people face and recognised the sacrifices of Yemeni forces involved in this effort," the White House said.

During the conversation, Obama discussed US and international support for policies to address Yemen`s political and economic challenges, including through the Friends of Yemen group.

The leaders discussed the importance of all parties to the Houthi conflict fully complying with the ceasefire in the north of Yemen and recent increases in US in assistance to persons displaced by the conflict.

"President Obama supported a comprehensive and inclusive Yemeni national dialogue on economic, political, and human rights issues," the White House said.

PTI