WikiLeaks: Yemen president downplays al-Qaida dealer's role
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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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