Obama's aide in Yemen for talks

The visit by John Brennan, Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, comes as Yemen is on a new offensive against fighters.

Obama's aide in Yemen for talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

A senior aide to U.S. President Barack Obama flew to Yemen on Sunday to meet the leader of the country, U.S. and Yemeni officials said.

The visit by John Brennan, Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, comes as Yemen is on a new offensive against fighters.

Washington has stepped up its drone attacks in Yemen since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February, and the Pentagon said this week it had recently resumed sending military trainers into the Gulf Arab country.

In a brief statement, the U.S. embassy in Yemen said Brennan had "conveyed President Obama's strong commitment to support Yemen as it continues to implement its political agreement and prepares for a comprehensive national dialogue".

No other details of the meeting were immediately available.

Washington backed a power transfer plan that made Hadi the successor to President Ali Abdullah Saleh after a year of mass protests which coincided with a split in the army that threatened to erupt into civil war.

The deal stipulates the new president should lead Yemen through a two-year period in the hope that the impoverished nation will be able to use that time to end political chaos.

On Sunday, at least 10 alleged fighters were killed in clashes with the Yemeni army near the southern city of Zinjibar. Six alleged fighters were killed on Saturday night in an air strike in Zinjibar, the Defence Ministry said in an online statement.

Two apparent U.S. drone attacks killed at least 10 suspected fighters on Saturday, officials said.

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