The United States congratulates President Hadi, the National Consensus Government and the people of Yemen on the significant steps taken to implement the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-led political transition initiative in Yemen over the past year, including the thoughtful planning for the upcoming National Dialogue. It is important that the Dialogue now move forward in an inclusive, transparent, and timely manner, to address issues fundamental to Yemen’s future.
Broad participation by all segments of Yemeni society – including Southerners, Houthis, women, civil society organizations, youth, rural populations, and others – will be essential for a successful Dialogue. We, along with the international community, are deeply committed to supporting the ongoing efforts of President Hadi, the National Consensus Government and the people of Yemen to seek meaningful reform through peaceful initiatives. We also commend the leadership of the GCC in facilitating this political transition, which will lay the groundwork for national elections in February 2014, and help secure a peaceful and prosperous future for Yemen.