Threat to US Security, Al-Qaida Has Gained Ground: Hillary

Concerned about the situation in Yemen, US Secretary for State Hillary Clinton has said that the al-Qaida has gained ground and poses a threat to America’s security.

“The situation in Yemen is a top concern,” Clinton told reporters at Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department in a joint media availability with Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani.

She said that the situation in Yemen, with more players involved now, seems to be worsening more and more.

“It’s time for the international community to make it clear to Yemen that there are expectations and conditions on our continuing support for the government so that they can take actions which will have a better chance to provide that peace and stability to the people of Yemen and the region,” the Secretary of State said.

Clinton noted that the instability in Yemen is a threat to regional and also international stability and that the US is working with Qatar and others to find out the best way forward to deal with the security concerns.

“We know that this is a difficult set of challenges, but they have to be addressed,” she acknowledged.

On closure of US embassy in Sana’a for two days, she said that it was closed in response to threats by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula so-called AQAP that have been ongoing.

“They certainly predate this holiday season and they are aimed at American interests in Yemen,” she said.

“On December 31, we sent what’s called a warden message to American citizens in Yemen to remind them of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against American citizens and interests,” she said.

Clinton deplore Yemen for the latest actions it has taken to disrupt the AQAP networks and that the US is committed to assist in those efforts.

“We review our security conditions constantly and will make a decision on reopening the Embassy when the security conditions permit,” she added.

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