Visit of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, President of Yemen, to José Manuel Barroso: joint press briefing
On 3 October 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, President of Yemen, at the European Commission in Brussels.
Following their meeting, they gave a press conference during which José Manuel Barroso underlined the European Union fully supports a peaceful and orderly transition process in Yemen, one which responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people for a future of peace, security, democracy and prosperity.
Good progress has been achieved since Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, took office last February.
The EU has also shown strong support for the transition in financial terms. €170 million has been pledged for the period 2012-2014 in support of short-term needs which aim at key areas such as governance, social welfare, health, and food security. €40 million from this were mobilised to address immediate humanitarian needs in 2012 – malnutrition, food insecurity and displaced people. José Manuel Barroso encouraged Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to develop cooperation mechanisms with civil society and the private sector which would ensure the success of EU-assisted programmes.