Yemeni Foreign Minister’s scheduled visit to the U.S.Why was it postponed? [Archives:2008/1152/Opinion]

May 5 2008

Jamal Mohammed Al-Ja'abi
Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi announced in Sana'a cancellation of his visit to the United States of America, which was scheduled to begin on April 15, 2008. It was possible for the cancellation of the visit to be seen as a normal and familiar event and so was its postponement.

But, the visit made by Director of the American Federal Bureau for Investigation (FBI) to Sana'a and the leaked information about this visit saying it is relates with the most recent terrorist attacks that allegedly targeted the U.S. Embassy, east of Sana'a, and a foreign residential compound, southwest of Sana'a.

According to the leaked information, the FBI Director's visit is also related with targeting Canadian Nexen Petroleum Company in Sana'a, as well as the U.S. Administration demand to arrest two wanted terror suspects Jamal Al-Badwi and Jabr Al-Bana'a who are available in Yemen.

In addition, it has been disclosed that the American Official's visit has something to do with the growing tension in South Yemen and other events invented in Yemen, thereby helping the country's dire situation worsen and drawing attention of the U.S. Administration.

Therefore, postponing or canceling Yemeni Foreign Minister's scheduled visit to the U.S. necessitates further contemplation and discussion for being, in one way or another, related with a statement released by Spokesman of the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a Rayne Gleha, which was published in

The American diplomat's statement reads, “Yemeni government informed us that it decided to postpone a scheduled visit to be conducted by its Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi to the United States because of contradictory dates in the official's itinerary.”

At this point, one can closely contemplates and discusses what 'contradictory dates' means, particularly as such a mysterious behavior is wide open for the numerous predictions pursued by the U.S. Administration in its dealings with certain political regimes such as the Yemeni one that has more than one face during any actions of this kind.

Yemen's political regime has more than one way in dealing with events. It possesses an address for internal consumption that shows rigidity and strength, as well as another address for external consumption that never hesitates to respond to any foreign demands or dictations.

In light of what has been published by the press, the real reason for postponing Al-Qirbi's visit to the U.S. can be described as “both sides – Yemeni government and the U.S. Embassy – have said the truth, but not all the truth. The U.S Embassy confirms what Yemeni government claims that it has requested the minister to postpone the visit. But what was concealed is that the U.S. Administration decided to rearrange the visit in order for the Yemeni official to meet Assistant U.S. Secretary of State David Welch in lieu of meeting Secretary of State Condalleeza Rice according to a previously prepared itinerary for his visit.

Surely, changing arranged appointments implies that the U.S. Administration is not satisfied with the visit, which may take much time to explain. In short, we must avoid being deceived by Yemen's multi-faced regime and the way it interpret facts.