CAIRO, March 23 The U.S. defense secretary said
on Wednesday that it was too soon to determine the outcome of
political turmoil in Yemen and said Washington had not planned
for an era without President Ali Abdullah Saleh in office.
"I think things are obviously, or evidently, very unsettled
in Yemen. I think it's too soon to call an outcome. We've had a
good working relationship with President Saleh. He's been an
important ally in the counter-terrorism arena," said Robert
Gates, speaking in Cairo.
"But clearly there's a lot of unhappiness inside Yemen. And
I think we will basically just continue to watch the situation.
We haven't done any post-Saleh planning," he said.
(Reporting by Phillip Stewart; Writing by Edmund Blair)