Tuesday, December 21, 2010

President Saleh refuses to meet US official after Wikileaks cables

Observed by: Mr. Alaa Isam

President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to receive the US Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, in protest to Wikileaks cables on Yemen, al-Ahaly independent weekly quoted special sources as saying.

Feltman said in a news conference in the US embassy in Sana'a last week that the US government was embarrassed by Wikileaks revelations and should communicate with 185 countries to express apology for what revealed by Wikileaks. “Diplomacy is based on trust and we must preserve this property, " said Feltman.

However, Feltman ruled out that Wikileaks might affect the Yemeni-US cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

President Saleh's political adviser, Abdulkarim al-Iryani, said in an interview with France 24 that Wikileaks dispatches have not disturbed relations with the US government, but he said the revelations embarrassed the United States.

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