President spends Election Day on calls with world leaders.
Readout of the President’s Call with President with Yemeni President Saleh
This morning, the President spoke with President Ali Abdallah Saleh of Yemen to discuss our ongoing cooperation against al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula. Both leaders condemned al-Qa’ida’s attempt to smuggle improvised explosive devices (IED) into printer cartridges that were sent to two addresses in Chicago . The President highlighted that the United States relationship with Yemen is focused on counterterrorism issues, as well as building a stable and prosperous Yemen through economic and humanitarian assistance. The President emphasized the need for Yemen to help reinforce confidence in the cargo air shipment sector through strengthening of security measures while at the same time discussing the importance of the global community coming together to assist Yemen in building these capabilities. President Saleh made a full commitment to cooperate with the United States as well as with ongoing investigations in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
Readout of the President’s Call with President Lee of the Republic of Korea
President Lee called the President yesterday evening to discuss the forthcoming G20 Summit that will be held in Seoul on November 11 – 12. They also discussed the bilateral aspect of the President’s upcoming visit and economic and trade issues, including the KORUS Free Trade Agreement. The President underscored that we hope to use the next week to make progress toward an agreement. If we can reach a satisfactory agreement on the key issues for American workers, we will have a deal.