Yemen's political rivals to meet GCC foreign ministers in Riyadh

15:12, April 18, 2011      

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Delegations of Yemeni government and the opposition headed on Sunday for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which aims to seek solutions for Yemeni current political crisis and to clarify about the recent GCC initiative.

A government senior official told Xinhua the government's representatives include Vice President Abdal-Rab Mansur Al-Hadii, Advisor of President Abdulkarim al-Eryani and Deputy Prime Minister for Local Administrative Affairs Sadik Ameen Abu Ras.

The opposition's rotating President Yaseen Saieed Noman headed the delegation of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), which also includes Mohamed Salim Basindwa, chief of the preparation committee for the national dialogue, and Secretary-General of the Islamic Islah Party Abdulwahab al-Anisy, as well as Secretary- General of Al-Haq Party Hassan Zaid, according to an official source in the JMP.

JMP spokesman Mohamed Qahtan said the opposition's delegation will only attend the clarification about the recent GCC initiative to solve the crisis of Yemen, without holding dialogue about it.

Saudi state news agency reported that the meeting of the GCC foreign ministers will be held on Sunday at the headquarters of the GCC in Riyadh.

It said Sunday's meeting will be chaired by Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al- Nahayan.

The meeting will discuss the latest GCC proposal on April 3 and April 10, in which they floated a proposal calling for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power to his vice president and form a unity government headed by the opposition.

Source: Xinhua
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