November 11, 2012

Yemeni Government Subservient To US, Saudi Regime

Press TV reports work on a hit or miss basis. This one hits:
Yemenis have staged several anti-US protests over Washington’s interference in Yemeni affairs and its assassination drone attacks in the country over the past few months. The protesters have called on the government to cut all ties with Washington over the drone strikes.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Moufid Jaber, Middle East Center for Studies and Public Relations, from Beirut, to further discuss the issue. Jaber is joined by Hakim al-Mesmari, editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post, from Sana’a. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Al-Mesmari is saying that the Yemeni government wants to see an increase in these drone attacks; however, we see almost on a daily basis or at least weekly, the Yemeni people taking to the streets and condemning these drone attacks. Where does it lie? Does the Yemeni government actually represent the Yemeni people or is it basically subservient to the US?

Jaber: As we know, the Yemeni government in its present form came largely as a result of a Saudi-brokered agreement. Without the approval of the US and of Saudi Arabia, there wouldn’t be a Yemeni government. [It] is largely decided in Saudi and the US. As you know, yes, the Yemeni government is to a great extent subservient to the US and to Saudi Arabia. 

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