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US supportive of the actions taken by Yemen: Gibbs

world Updated: Jan 06, 2010 08:21 IST

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Obama Administration has said that it is supportive of the actions being taken by the Government of Yemen against Al Qaeda terrorists inside that country.

"We are strongly supportive of the efforts by the Yemeni government to take strong action and root out terrorists that are members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

We'll continue to do so and continue to be supportive of those efforts," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters at his daily news conference on Tuesday.

At the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, PJ Crowley, said the Obama Administration has made it clear to the Government of Yemen that there are things that they need to do.

"Now clearly, things like the action taken yesterday are a step in the right direction, but we need to see out of Yemen a much more consistent approach to dealing with extremism within their borders," he said.

"Those actions addressed a specific area of concern and contributed to the Embassy’s decision to resume operations today," Crowley said.

Nonetheless, the threat of terrorist attacks against American interests remains high and the Embassy as well, he added.

Crowley said there are layers of conflict within Yemen.