Yemen president due in Berlin for security talks

BERLIN- Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week, her spokesman said Friday, for talks on the security situation in his country after violent protests.
Merkel will receive Hadi with military honours on Thursday, Steffen Seibert told reporters, before holding talks over "the transformation process and security situation in Yemen as well as current security trends in the region."

Yemen president due in Berlin for security talks
The announcement of the visit came a day after she cancelled a planned trip to Tunisia, amid reported security concerns over bloody unrest in the Arab world.
However, Seibert said the cancellation of Merkel's Tunisia trip by "mutual agreement" had no impact on the travel plans of other members of the German government.
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.
Violent protests have broken out in the country in recent weeks amid anger sparked by the US-produced film that offended many Muslims for denigrating Islam and its Prophet Mohammed.
Germany has also been directly affected by the unrest in the Muslim world, with a mob setting the country's embassy in Khartoum ablaze amid protests against the film.

Saturday, September 29th 2012

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