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Yemeni leader at White House after protests

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi meets with US President Barack Obama's counterrorism adviser following his UN speech, criticizing the deployment of the additional Marines in the domestically-turbulent state

AFP , Friday 28 Sep 2012
Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour, President of the Republic of Yemen addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 26, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi met with top US officials on Thursday in the wake of violent protests over an anti-Islam Internet video made in the United States. A US official said Hadi held talks with President Barack Obama's chief counterrorism adviser John Brennan at the White House.

On Tuesday, Obama dropped by a meeting between Hadi and Brennan after delivering his speech at the United Nations to thank the Yemeni leader for helping secure the US embassy in Sanaa. Four people were killed on September 13 as an angry mob of protesters tried to storm the US embassy grounds and clashed with security forces.

The US president sent a 50-strong force of US Marines to Sanaa to help secure the embassy following protests by Muslims angered by the US-produced film that offended many Muslims for denigrating Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.

The Yemeni parliament criticized the deployment of the additional Marines, but the Sanaa government provided reassurances that it was a temporary measure to which it had agreed. Yemen is undergoing a difficult political transition after a year-long uprising unseated longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh and left the economy of the Arabian Peninsula's poorest nation in a shambles.

Global donors earlier this month in the Saudi capital Riyadh made aid pledges of $6.4 billion to Yemen, according to the World Bank, half of what Sanaa says it needs to make the transition.

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