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Tueller to Asharq Al-Awsat: Outcome of National Dialogue Is Best Scenario For Yemen

Tueller to Asharq Al-Awsat: Outcome of National Dialogue Is Best Scenario For Yemen

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 - 07:45
US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller (Asharq Al-Awsat)
London - Badr al-Qahtani
US Diplomat Matthew Tueller arrived in Yemen at the end of the national dialogue conference in 2014, and before the Houthi coup in September of the same year. He represented his country during the ongoing years of war, which were marked by major political, military and humanitarian milestones.

The ambassador left messages before leaving his post, calling on the Yemenis to maintain unity and to face terrorist organizations. He assured the Houthis that his country was not seeking enmity with them.

In a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Tueller commented on the recent Houthis’ withdrawal from the port of Hodeidah, saying that he welcomed “these symbolic steps that have been taken during the past two days”, but underlined the need for “real steps” that will enable the local security forces to control the ports.

“We all welcome any step taken that would result in the implementation of the agreements reached in Sweden four months ago,” he noted.

Tueller emphasized that the United States wanted Yemen to become a stable, united and prosperous country that provides opportunities for its people.

“If we look at what we have reached today, we agree that we have a long way to go,” he remarked.

Asked about the most significant changes that he noticed over the past five years, the US diplomat said that many challenges facing Yemen were the same in several countries in the region.

He said that young people were often deprived of an education that enables them to reach the best of their potential, adding that there was a significant increase in the population but no sufficient jobs in the private sector that helps the youth achieve their aspirations and find opportunities that fit their capabilities.

“Unfortunately, there are forces that exploit this situation to incite hatred among those who suffer from this deprivation. Sometimes these forces hide under the cover of religion, tribe and other elements,” the diplomat underlined.

He reminded that the US was a major donor to Yemen and other countries in the region and was working to strengthen state institutions, combat financial and administrative corruption, strengthen educational systems, and ensure that states treat their citizens equally regardless of tribal or family affiliations or religious and ideological principles.

Tueller said that for five years, he has seen Iran not working in harmony with the international community, but was instead exploiting opportunities to destabilize the region.

He said there was a segment of deprived young people, who find relief in the practices of both Iran and the Houthis.

“I am very concerned about those people, because they are being deceived, and their behavior raises more problems and causes a lot of destruction and financial and administrative corruption,” he stressed.

The US diplomat emphasized that all responsible governments in the world must work to confront groups that exploit such conditions to further destabilize vulnerable countries.

On the best solution for the Yemeni crisis, Tueller noted that the ideal scenario was the implementation of the outcome of the national dialogue.

He said in this regard that the Yemenis were seeking hope in the future and a government that treats them with dignity and deals with all Yemeni factions fairly and equitably.

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