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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with President Hadi of Yemen

President Obama called President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen today to congratulate him on the successful conclusion of Yemen’s National Dialogue, a major milestone in Yemen’s political transition.  The two leaders agreed on the need for Yemen to complete the transition roadmap outlined in the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and to turn the National Dialogue’s vision for a more just and democratic future into reality.  The President emphasized that the United States will continue to strongly support Yemen in these endeavors.  President Obama also reiterated the U.S. government’s support for efforts to strengthen Yemen’s economy during this time of transition, so that the Yemeni people’s hard-won gains can be sustained well into the future.  The Presidents also reaffirmed their commitment to a strong security partnership, including by building the capacity of the Yemeni security services to defeat al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.