January 21st, 2010
04:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton emphasizes development in Yemen

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized the importance of economic development in Yemen in combatting extremist groups during an appearance Thursday with the Yemeni foreign minister.

"Our two nations are working together as partners to improve Yemen's capacity to deliver vital services, control its borders, conduct effective counterterrorist activities and improve its services to the people of Yemen," Clinton said during a joint news conference with Abubakr al-Qirbi at the State Department.

Clinton called the meeting with al-Qirbi "productive."

It came less than a month after an attempted airline bombing on a U.S. flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan. The suspect in that attempted attack, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, spent time in Yemen and is said to have acquired the device used in the foiled bombing from someone in that country. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack.

"To combat this growing threat, the United States will intensify its cooperation with Yemen on both security and development," Clinton said, adding that a recent assistance agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $121 million in development and economic assistance to the country.

But, she warned that assistance "depends on Yemen's ability to make the tough choices necessary to improve the capacity to govern, to reform its economy, to protect human rights, to combat corruption and create a better environment for business and investment."

Al-Qirbi said he is "pleased" with the understanding toward the country's plight demonstrated by the Obama administration and said Yemen will "continue to work with the U.S. administration and our partners on development and hope to see a further improvement in relations."

An international conference is set for next week in London to discuss security and development matters.

Earlier Thursday, Yemen announced it is tightening restrictions on people who want to enter the country.

Visas will no longer be issued at any of the Arabian Peninsula nation's borders, according to Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for Yemen's Embassy in Washington. Instead, people wanting to enter Yemen must apply for visas at a Yemeni embassy abroad, and applicants "will be thoroughly vetted and checked to ensure no terrorists or militants slip into the country," he said.

He confirmed that the new restrictions are in response to the attempting airplane bombing, which occurred on Christmas Day.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Saudi Arabia could help but they won't and stated they don't like the Israel and Palestine conflict and feel the U.S. should stop Israel in support of the Palestine people.

    January 21, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. enough already

    The Clinton Treatise: Shower your enemies with cash, and they shall become your friend.

    It worked so well with North Korea.

    January 21, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Dar

    Clinton should have been the President instead of Odumbo, she is a class act. Odumbo is just an act.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 21, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. John D.

    Oh this is a good one. Let's spend Billions in Yemen where it will be stolen and used unwisely and thoroughly mismanaged but what the hey we built four houses in a slum and talked 50 people into not joining terrorists today so it was worth it.

    Your worse than Obama Hillary. You are unconstitutionally holding your position. You have no right being the Secretary of State while you were a sitting Senator. Your breaking the law right now!

    January 21, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. JES

    You want to be partners with this country.

    So like the Dem's to keep their blinders on.

    Why don't we see if we can get them a Nobel peace award too.

    January 21, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Re: John Edwards

    I think Republicans and Democrats alike agree that this man is a scumbag and should stay OUT of Haiti. They have suffered enough, and they don't need a trial lawyer, they need doctors, medicine, water, food.

    John, do the world and the Haitians a favor. If you want to help, send some of your money over. That would be sufficient enough. In the meantime, take care of your wife, she needs you more than the Haitians.

    January 21, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. joe smith

    no doubt, should the US achieve the Secretarys' request, her husband will receive additional contributions to his non-prfits..all one must do with these politicos..just follow the $$$

    January 21, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Alan, Phoenix

    Is any US politician thinking abt the development of USA?

    January 21, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Objective Thinking

    More nation building. People need to recognize how nothing in politics (regarding foreign policy) has really changed in DECADES.

    January 21, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Reagan raised taxes

    Yes we can President Obama.

    January 21, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Come on, Clinton. Let's be realistic, the Islamic ideology is behind terroism, not lack of economic opportunity.

    This statement is nothing but an excuse to BUY Yemen's cooperation, which this country has been doing, entirely too much, and for entirely too long, in too many places.

    January 21, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Why won't Obama and the democrats allow the free market system to work."

    [Insert Wrong Answer Button Noise]. Circular logic. The "free market system" DOESN'T WORK. Corporate entities do not magically regulate and fix themselves. That has been PROVEN. Yelling at reality that your ideology is correct will not cause it to obey.

    January 21, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Call him what you may but our Nation was in much safer hands under Bush than today with liberal, wimpish, apologetic Democrats!

    Why not re-consider the coming Federal Trial of KSM in New York for starters, Barry! Our enemies are laughing at your naivity!

    January 21, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "It worked so well with North Korea."

    Right, because obvoiusly North Korea and Iran were both so cowed by Cowboy Bushtard and Tonto Cheney that they ceased all nuclear activity. All th enews reports that show they simply said "meh, screw this jerk" and continued building and testing their nuke capabilities BUT DOING IT MORE SECRETIVELY are all just big fat conspiracy lies. "Know thy enemy." Causing them to hide their ambitions more effectively does us no good....neither does insulting them, threatening them and trying to give them orders, because it simply reinforces their desire to build the nukes and proves to them that they just might need to. Go head, prove me right by answering me by saying "so, we shoudl just carpet bomb them then."

    January 21, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. rachel

    good job hillary. Whoever said that Hillary was unconstituonally serving as secretary of state cause she was senator you are wrong. The reason is because of the pay of the job of secretary of state was more than she was making as a senator her pay was reduced problem fixed.

    January 21, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Jim - Michigan

    at is a great idea, just like our need to rebuild Haiti. Heck, we have deep pockets, our priority must be to rebuild the world before we focus on our own – No wonder the democrats got slammed in the election, just wait until November folks.

    Obama has already committed to creating jobs in Haiti and has yet to develop even a plan for jobs here. Unreal!

    January 21, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. JP

    If we are serious about about peace we would make Israel stop building illegal settlements on stolen land. Show some balls Obama.

    January 21, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    I do not disagree with the decision to help Yemen based on the situation we are trying to solve there. I'm not a fan of Hillary Clinton either. But it cracks me up that the people who voted in this administration thought they were voting exactly against this kind of thing. I remember getting that lecture about how Bush was doing this and we need to get rid of him. Ironic.

    January 21, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Albert K. L.A., CA

    These countries that allow psychopathic opinionist groups to fester among them are like those houses at the end of my block who's kids sell drugs on the corner. We need to burn such houses down. That worked with the war agsainst the government in Japan and it will work here as well. You cannot expect their moms and dads to spank them until they are made to do so.

    January 21, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. anonymous

    i can see trying to be civil but partners NO WAY not all yemenis are terrorists but it is still messed up like you clinton

    January 21, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. nikki marin

    I'm a democrat and don't want to start another war. But geesh how many nations are we going to fix before we fix our own?

    January 21, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. southern cousin

    Did she skip the apology for being an American and just get right down to giving them money? This could be another in the long list of foreign failures of the Obozo administration that when couple with the huge njumber of domestic failures already have made this the most failed administration in history. Thank you for giving it to us dope smokers.

    January 21, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |