State Dept: Order that citizens leave Yemen won't impact governments' relations
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 00:50
Aug. 6 - After Yemen's Foreign Minister criticized the U.S. order for citizens to leave the country, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says relations between the governments should not be impacted. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: The U.S. State Department says its order for U.S. citizens to leave Yemen immediately on Tuesday (August 6) came after warnings of potential attacks, and should not affect relations with Yemen's government.
"This was a decision related to a specific immediate threat. That's why we made the decision, but it doesn't have an impact or we don't see it having an impact on our larger relationship with the government," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during a news briefing.
Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu-Bakr al-Qirbi has criticized the U.S. order to citizens to leave the country.
"Unfortunately, these measures, although they are taken to protect their citizens, in reality they serve the goals that the terrorist elements are seeking to achieve," Qirbi told Reuters.
"Yemen had taken these threats seriously and had taken all the necessary measures to protect all the foreign missions in the country," he added.
The United States ordered citizens to depart and airlifted out some U.S. government personnel, following warnings of potential attacks that have pushed Washington to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East.
The poorest Arab country, Yemen is the base for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, and militants have launched attacks from there against the West.
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