Abu Bakr al-Qirbi

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Abu Bakr al-Qirbi
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen
In office
4 October 2016 – 28 November 2016*
President Saleh Ali al-Sammad
Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour
Succeeded by Hisham Sharaf
In office
4 April 2001 – 11 June 2014
President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
Prime Minister Abdul Qadir Bajamal
Ali Muhammad Mujawar
Mohammed Basindawa
Preceded by Abdul Qadir Bajamal
Succeeded by Jamal Abdullah al-Sallal
Personal details
Born 1942[1]
Al Bayda', Yemen
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Religion Sunni Islam
*Qirbi's term has been disputed by Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi.

Abu Bakr Abdullah al-Qirbi (Arabic: أبو بكر القربي‎‎) is a Yemeni diplomat who was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen from 2001 to 2014.[2]

Abu Bakr al-Qirbi with United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

On 13 December 2009, al-Qirbi urged Iran's government to crack down on Iranian groups who he accused of aiding Houthi rebels in northern Yemen, holding the Iranian government partly to blame. According to al-Qirbi, "religious (Shiite) circles and groups in Iran are providing aid to the Houthis"; however, Iran repeatedly denied such accusations.[3]

Following the anti-government protests in Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh dismissed all members of the Cabinet of Yemen on March 20, 2011. They were to remain as serving members until a new government was formed.[4]

On 4 October 2016, during the Civil War, he is appointed as foreign minister in the Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour's cabinet.[5]


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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  2. ^ Patrick Goodenough (2010-01-19). "Yemen Claims to Have Top Terrorist in Custody". Cybercast News Service. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. Visiting Canada on Monday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi stressed that the government did not want Western troops, as their presence would “hamper our efforts to fight al-Qaeda.” 
  3. ^ Yemeni FM: Iran Must Curb Groups Aiding Huthi Rebels "Yemeni FM: Iran Must Curb Groups Aiding Huthi Rebels". naharnet. 2009-12-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Yemen president fires cabinet" Al Jazeera. 3 March 2011. Archived 3 March2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ https://www.rulers.org/2016-10.html
  6. ^ Constantinian