Summary: Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement last night after her meeting with Abu-Bakr Al Qirbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Yemen:
"I call on the government to work with all parties in Yemen, in order immediately to take forward Yemen’s political transition. Individual and party differences must be set aside in favour of the broader interests of the Yemeni nation. The initiative put forward by the Gulf Cooperation Council remains the key point of reference for Yemen’s transition.
I asked the Foreign Minister to transmit this message to the President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is currently recuperating from a deplorable attack on his palace compound.
In my conversation I have also made clear that the Yemeni people can no longer be subjected to the current political, economic and humanitarian crisis afflicting Yemen, which also has serious regional and international implications.
I urge all sides in Yemen to reject violence and show restraint. By activating a credible plan for transition, the government could unlock the potential for significant international assistance to Yemen."