Yemeni president's delegation to attend Gulf meeting for ending deadlock

11:36, April 20, 2011      

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh 's representatives on Tuesday headed for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in an meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers on solving Yemeni political crisis, state Saba news agency reported.

The delegation is led by Abdel-Karim al-Eryani, the political advisor to President Saleh, and Ahmed bin Daghar, the assistant secretary-general of the ruling General People's Congress party ( GPC).

"Our visit to Abu Dhabi came in response to an official invitation by GCC foreign ministers to meet them on Tuesday to discuss the latest GCC initiative of April 10, in order to solve the political stalemate in Yemen and to listen to the views of the Yemeni opposition's representatives," official Saba news agency quoted bin Daghar as saying.

The meeting in Abu Dhabi will be chaired by Foreign Minister of the UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan.

In their latest meeting on April 10, the GCC foreign ministers floated a proposal calling for Saleh to transfer power to his vice president and form a unity government headed by the opposition.

Yemen has witnessed political crisis ignited by opposition- backed street protests since mid February. The protests, which demanded the end of the 33-year rule of Saleh, undermined the security and stability of the country.

Source: Xinhua
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