Underscoring Its New Cachet, Clinton Drops In on Yemen
Seeking to develop non-military relations
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2011 9:04 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to the American ambassador at the US embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday Jan. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is in Yemen today on the first visit by a US secretary of state since the late '80s—underscoring the Arabian nation's new importance in the fight against al-Qaeda, reports the Wall Street Journal. "It's not enough to have military-to-military relations" between the two nations, Clinton said. "We need to try to broaden the dialogue." Her one-day visit will also focus on economic development and the preservation of natural resources. The US will send about $130 million in non-military aid this year; that figure was $17 million in 2008.