Yemen says not to repeat mistake over foreign soldiers on soil

Qirbi also ruled out allowing a U.S. military base on Yemeni soil or covert foreign actions in the country.

Yemen says not to repeat mistake over foreign soldiers on soil

Yemen rules out allowing any foreign soldiers, saying it will not repeat the mistake over US missile strike, in the fight against al Qaeda, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi told a report.

The government in Sanaa declared open war on al Qaeda this month.

In BBC interview, Qirbi also ruled out allowing a U.S. military base on Yemeni soil or covert foreign actions in the country.

"We will undertake it ourselves. Why do we need outside soldiers to fight when we can do the fight ourselves?" said Qirbi in the interview broadcast on Tuesday.

He said the government had "mistakenly" allowed foreign intervention in 2002, when a U.S. missile strike killed an al Qaeda leader suspected of planning the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S. warship Cole.

"It proved to be a terrible mistake, and this is why we don't want to repeat it. We have to do it ourselves and anybody who is interested will have to support us," Qirbi said.

Agencies

Related news reports:

Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2010, 13:15
Add Comment