US welcomes launch of Yemeni national dialogue


WASHINGTON, Feb. 08 (Saba)- The United States welcomed on Thursday the announcement of the Yemeni National Dialogue on 18 March and urged all Yemeni parties to move expeditiously towards the dialogue.



"The United States welcomes the announcement that the Yemeni National Dialogue will begin on March 18", said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland in a statement.



"This is a positive development, and we commend the leadership of President Hadi and the Preparatory Committee in working with all parties in Yemen to bring about this key element of Yemen’s political transition. The Dialogue’s launch will mark another significant step in implementing the political transition initiative brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council and in laying the groundwork for national elections in February 2014", she added.



"We urge President Hadi and all Yemeni parties to move expeditiously toward an inclusive, transparent, and constructive Dialogue", Nuland affirmed.



"Full participation by all segments of Yemeni society – including Southerners, Houthis, women, civil society organizations, youth, rural populations, and others – is essential to address issues fundamental to Yemen’s future", she concluded.



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