In Chicago today, 21 May 2012, Foreign Minister Westerwelle made the following statement concerning the suicide attack on members of Yemen’s armed forces in Sana’a (Yemen):
“I condemn the terrorist attack in Yemen in the strongest possible terms. The families who are now mourning for so many victims have our deepest sympathy.
We will not allow terror to prevail. We remain committed to peaceful change in Yemen.
Forces are at work that want to use violence and terror to prevent a political reconciliation process.
We, the international community, oppose this and will continue our political efforts towards reconciliation in Yemen, including the support of President Hadi.”
According to multiple reports, dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured in today’s suicide attack, which has the most serious since the presidential elections on 21 February 2012.
In November 2011, Yemen began a two-year political transition and reform process, which is to be completed with parliamentary and presidential elections in early 2014.
In March, Foreign Minister Westerwelle gave a show of support for political changes in the country by being the first foreign minister to visit Yemen after the presidential elections.