Yemen deputy PM to be questioned on US raid cover-up

According to cables released by website WikiLeaks, Saleh in January told Petraeus, then American commander in the Middle East: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours."

Yemen deputy PM to be questioned on US raid cover-up

Yemen's parliament will question the deputy prime minister over leaked US diplomatic cables that indicated Yemen covered up U.S. strikes jin the Gulf Arab state, parliament members said on Monday.

According to cables released by website WikiLeaks, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in January told General David Petraeus, then American commander in the Middle East: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours."

The statement allegedly prompted Yemen's deputy prime minister to joke that he had just "lied" by telling parliament that Yemeni forces had carried out the strikes.

Rashad al-Alimi, Deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defence Affairs, has been asked to attend parliament on Wednesday to discuss the content of the secret U.S. documents, several MPs confirmed.

A government official told Reuters news agency Alimi would go to parliament to answer parliamentarians' questions, but said the information in the leaked documents were "inaccurate".

"Of course this (information in the cables) is not true. Everyone in the world is complaining about the inaccuracies of these documents," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

US presses Yemen over alleged presence of a regional wing of al Qaeda in the country, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Sanaa had previously denied direct U.S. involvement in airstrikes although American security officials in August said Washington was looking to increase air strikes against AQAP.


Agencies

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