Jeddah – The United States Army Central (USARCENT) invited four Yemeni military professionals to participate in its Senior Strategic Session held from July 9-12 in Washington, D.C.
The Yemen delegation was led by Major General Mohamed Tamah, Chief Intelligence and Reconnaissance Authority, and included Brigadier General Hussein Al-Hayal, Director, Office of the Minister of Defense, Staff Major General Mohammed Ibrahem, Defense Attaché and Captain Hisham AlMqdashi, Assistant Defense Attaché, Embassy of Yemen in the United States. Lt. Col. Scott Mears, Chief of U.S. Embassy Yemen’s Office of Military Cooperation (OMC), helped organize the U.S. trip and participated in all of the delegation’s U.S. meetings.
Featuring military experts from the U.S., Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, the USARCENT Senior Strategic Seminar facilitated timely discussions on current regional threats, strategies to counter those threats, and the importance of coalitions, and included several briefings on U.S. defense security cooperation. Concluding the Senior Session, the Yemen delegation met with Lieutenant General Michael X. Garrett, USARCENT Commanding General for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC).
The delegation also had separate meetings in the Washington D.C. area with Michael P. Mulroy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, and Ray Colston, Deputy Chief, Middle East/Africa Regional Center. All U.S. agencies that met with the Yemen delegation found the visit very useful, and expressed their desire for further discussions to begin paving the way for greater security cooperation once a peaceful solution to the Yemen conflict is reached.