Yemen president tells US he is committed to reform

March 2, 2011 19:34

WASHINGTON- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called the White House on Wednesday to express regret for "misunderstandings" related to his remarks about the United States and Israel and say he is firmly committed to political reform in Yemen, the White House said.

Saleh, a key ally of Washington against al Qaida's resurgent Yemen-based arm, called White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan "to convey his regret for misunderstandings related to his public remarks that Israel and the United States have engaged in destabilizing activities in Arab countries," the White House said in a statement.

Saleh chastized Washington on Tuesday for its criticism of Arab leaders' responses to regional unrest, asking US President Barack Obama if he was "president of the world."

Brennan reiterated Obama's calls for all sides to pursue their interests in a nonviolent manner, the statement said.

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