US envoy: Yemen protests not answer, rather dialogue

By REUTERS
March 10, 2011 17:39

SANAA - The US ambassador to Yemen said protesters' demand for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year autocratic rule would not solve the Arabian Peninsula state's woes, urging them to pursue dialogue instead.

Saleh, a US ally against al Qaida's Yemen-based wing, has been struggling to quell weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations that have seen thousands of protesters take to the streets calling for his resignation.

In an interview with the state magazine al-Syasiah, which will be published in full on Saturday, US Ambassador Gerald Feierstein said dialogue was needed to find solutions acceptable to the opposition and the government.

"We've been clear in saying we don't believe that the demonstrations are the place where Yemen's problems will be solved. We think the problems have to be resolved through this process of dialogue and negotiations," he said.


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