Yemen's Gitmo prisoners not to be repatriated yet
UNITED STATES, Washington : US President Barack Obama and Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur (L) are seated as they wait for the press to arrive before they speak in the Oval Office of the White House on August 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
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Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's meeting Thursday with U.Ss President Barack Obama made no mention of sending Yemeni prisoners in Guantanamo Bay back home, Reuters reported.
Mr Hadi had previously met with U.S. senators, in order to persuade them to repatriate Yemeni prisoners from the military detention center.
The House of Representatives recently put a block on President Obama's plans to send Yemeni detainees back home.
During the meeting, the US President praised the Yemeni government's efforts to counter terrorism, as the Gulf country is an important base for Al Qaeda.
"Because of some of the effective military reforms that President Hadi initiated when he came into this office, what we've seen is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, move back out of territories that it was controlling," Mr Obama said, according to Reuters.
"And President Hadi recognizes that these threats are not only transnational in nature, but also cause severe hardship and prevent the kind of prosperity for the people of Yemen themselves," he said.
Mr Hadi in turn said that it was important for Yemen's own future and prosperity to engage in counter-terrorism.
"As a result of the activities of al Qaeda, Yemen's development basically came to a halt whereby there is no tourism, and the oil companies, the oil-exploring companies had to leave the country as a result of the presence of al Qaeda," Mr Hadi was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"So our cooperation against those terrorist elements are actually serving the interests of Yemen," he added.