US ambassador: Those who seek to divide Yemen on the basis of religion and the region must be resisted

US ambassador: Those who seek to divide Yemen on the basis of religion and the region must be resisted

The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Toller, said the unity of the Yemenis is a basic aspiration.

"Those who seek to divide Yemen, on the basis of religion, tribe, region or any other grounds, must be resisted because they do not have in their hearts the interest of the Yemeni people," Toller said in remarks published by the Yemeni embassy in Washington on Twitter.

Ambassador Toller expressed his deep appreciation to President Hadi and the government for his award with Medal of Unity, and their continued efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries as well as their leadership in Yemen during this difficult period.

The relations between Yemen and America are based on the common interests of stability, security and prosperity in this vital strategic region, Toller said.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi met with US ambassador to Yemen Matthew Toller on Tuesday to mark the expiry of his term.

President awarded Toller the Medal of Yemeni Unity for his efforts and tasks during his tenure.

Hadi praised the role of Toller during his work as Ambassador of America in Yemen, who said that he reflected the positive stance of the United States in support of Yemen and its unity, legitimacy, security and stability, and support its options for peace based on the three pillars of the Gulf initiative and the outcomes of the national dialogue and resolutions of the relevant internationalism, in particular resolution 2216.

New ambassador

Earlier, US President Donald Trump, appointed Christopher Henzel, as new ambassador to Yemen.

Henzel has been the deputy head of mission at the US embassy in Riyadh since 2016, and is based in the U.S. ambassador, and Henzel has worked in eight missions in the United States abroad and in the Near East.

He was director of the Israel and Palestinian Affairs Bureau at the State Department in Washington from 2013 to 2016.

In recent years, he has headed the regional reconstruction office in Mosul, Iraq, and was the deputy head of mission in Manama and a political affairs advisor in Jordan.

He held diplomatic posts in Yemen, Pakistan and Mexico, and from 1985 to 1987 in Saudi Arabia. He also worked on a budget for U.S. military and economic assistance to the Near East region, on Egyptian and Moroccan Economic Affairs, and the official of Iran's Bureau.


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