Russia expresses support for Yemen’s leadership after attack

Russia expresses support for Yemen’s leadership after attack
# 12 September 2012 18:47 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Russia expressed its "unconditional solidarity" with Yemen’s leadership Wednesday following a terror attack targeting the Yemeni defense minister, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Two suicide car bombs hit the motorcade of Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed in front of the Prime Minister’s office in central Sanaa on Tuesday. The minister survived the attack, but 12 others, including seven of his bodyguards, were killed.

"We express our unconditional solidarity with Yemen’s leadership which consistently makes the efforts to curb terrorism threat and ensure reliable stability in the country," Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The attack took place in the direct vicinity of the Russian Embassy in Sanaa. It was the fourth of its kind in less than three months by the militants of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) after the minister was targeted twice in the southern port city of Aden and once in the southern province of Abyan.

No Russian diplomatic staff was hurt during the attack, according to the statement.

Russia urged Yemen’s government and the parties to start a national dialogue in order to find solutions to key political, economic and humanitarian problems in the country, said the ministry.

Being a co-chair of the working group guaranteeing the intra-Yemen power transition accords, Russia is going to "further facilitate consolidation of the Yemeni society," said the ministry.
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