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FBI director Mueller in Yemen for talks on Al Qaeda, official says

Yemen says FBI director Robert Mueller has held talks with Yemen's new president on the fight against Al Qaeda militants in the impoverished Arab nation.

Yahya al-Arasi, a spokesman for President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi, said Mueller and the Yemeni leader had a 45-minute meeting on Tuesday in which they discussed the battle against Al Qaeda, particularly in the southern Abyan province.

The meeting came hours after news that Yemeni government forces fought their way into the center of Zinjibar, Abyan's provincial capital that has been held by Al Qaeda since May last year.

The United States says Al Qaeda's Yemen branch is the terror network's most dangerous.