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U.S. concerned about transition in Yemen

(Xinhua)

09:02, March 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Xinhua) -- A top aide to U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday called Yemeni President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi to express concern over recent reports that some former government officials are being disruptive in the Arab nation's ongoing political transition.

In his discussions with Hadi about the transition in Yemen, John Brennan, Obama's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, praised the president for his continued leadership and reiterated that the U.S. government strongly supports full implementation of the national dialogue.

"He noted that it is essential that all Yemeni political actors, especially those from the previous government, play a constructive role in the transition process, and he expressed concern over recent reports that some former government officials are being disruptive," the White House said in a statement.

For his part, Hadi thanked Washington for its strong support and affirmed his commitment to restore stability to Yemen through a political transition, the White House said.

It said Brennan and Hadi pledged that the U.S. and Yemen, together with Yemen's other international partners, will work closely together to confront Yemen's security and economic challenges.

Hadi was elected president last month. Under the deal signed in November 2011 to end the turmoil in the country, the 66-year-old new president is supposed to carry out reforms during his two-year interim period, which include conducting a national dialogue to settle the disputes among all rival parties, stabilizing the economic and security situation, rewriting the constitution and preparing for the parliamentary and presidential elections.

Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, left for Yemen on Sunday for a four-day visit.

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