U.S. Embassy Statement on Assassination of Dr. Al-Mutawakil

November 2, 2014

The United States condemns the assassination of Dr. Mohammad Abdulmalik al-Mutawakil, Secretary-General of the Union of Popular Forces, and expresses its condolences to his family.  We urge the Yemeni government to conduct a full investigation that brings to justice those responsible for this crime.

Yemen’s challenges—particularly now—require moderate voices and a commitment to the rapid and peaceful resolution of differences.  Indeed, the challenges facing Yemen today can only be resolved through political dialogue.  Violence and intimidation have no place in a civil and democratic society.

The United States remains firmly committed to supporting the Yemeni people as they seek to advance their country’s historic transition. We call upon all parties to work together for the good of Yemen and fulfill their obligations under the Peace and National Partnership Agreement in a timely manner.