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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of Assistant to the President John Brennan's Call with President Hadi of Yemen

Assistant to the President John Brennan called President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen this morning to convey the United States’ support for President Hadi’s steadfast resolve to continue on the path of political transition.  Mr. Brennan extended President Obama’s congratulations to President Hadi for the decrees issued yesterday to further restructure the Yemeni armed forces, advancing the goal of a unified, professional military that serves the Yemeni people.  He also commended Yemen’s ongoing preparations for an inclusive National Dialogue, the critical next step in the political transition.  They discussed the importance of international support for Yemen’s economic development and the need to sustain close cooperation against al-Qa’ida.  Mr. Brennan reiterated President Obama’s appreciation for the strong partnership between our two nations and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to supporting Yemen during its historic transition.