WikiLeaks: Yemen president downplays al-Qaida dealer's role

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 3, 2011 12:07

Yemenite President Ali Abdullah Saleh attempted to downplay the role of weapons dealers in Yemen and insisted on meeting then-president George W. Bush in person, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable from 2004.

The cable, released by Wikileaks on Thursday, describes Saleh as claiming that Hadi Dulqum, a weapons dealer wanted by Saudi Arabia was a "simple arms dealer," while the US government agreed with the Saudis, saying that "Dulqum's connections with al-Qaida are too extensive for him to be simply another Yemeni arms dealer."

Saleh also said that there are important regional matters that he must discuss "face to face" with Bush.


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