Last Update 22:7
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

US security chief Bolton in UAE for 'regional' talks: State media

AFP , Monday 12 Nov 2018
John Bolton
United States National Security Adviser John Bolton (Photo: AP)
Views: 2631
Views: 2631

US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks Monday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on regional issues and the fight against "terrorism", state media said.

Bolton's visit comes as international pressure mounts to end the war in Yemen, where government loyalists backed by a Saudi-led coalition, including Emirati forces, are battling Houthi rebels.

Medics said Monday that at least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in the Yemen port city of Hodeida, the docks of which are a lifeline to 14 million Yemenis at risk of starvation.

Government forces, led on the ground by Emirati-backed troops, have made their way into Hodeida after 11 days of clashes, reaching residential neighbourhoods in the east on Sunday and sparking fears of street fighting that would further endanger civilians.

Ahead of the trip to the United Arab Emirates Bolton said in a tweet he was "looking forward to meeting with out friends in the UAE to discuss important regional issues".

WAM state news agency said the talks focused on "cooperation between the two countries in several fields, as well as issues of concern to both countries".

Bolton and Sheikh Mohammed, who is also deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, "exchanged views on several regional and international issues" and also discussed "international efforts and cooperation to confront terrorism and terrorist groups", the agency reported.

The Hodeida offensive has sparked international outcry unprecedented in nearly four years of conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government.

Britain, the United States and France have all called for a cessation to the hostilities.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a major ally of Washington, to engage in peace talks.

On Saturday Saudi King Salman held talks in Riyadh with the Abu Dhabi crown prince after the US halted a controversial refuelling arrangement for coalition aircraft engaged in Yemen.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.