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Summary: 22 December 2011, Brussels - Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made today the following statement after her phone conversation with Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi of Yemen:
"Today I called Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi of Yemen, to underline my firm support for his efforts to lead the way in taking forward Yemen’s political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative.
I confirmed the EU’s continued support to Yemen and to a Yemeni-led, inclusive and democratic transition process on the basis of a sustainable national consensus. I assured the Vice President that we will stand by him in his efforts towards a better future based on democracy, justice and human rights.
I also underlined the EU’s view that to succeed, the transition process must be inclusive: we discussed how best to reach out to the large numbers of unemployed young people, the youth movements and other groups.
Finally, I stressed that we remain ready to continue working with the government of Yemen and the international community to help rebuild the economy."