UAE, Yemeni FMs meet on situation in Yemen

15:28, April 24, 2011      

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with his Yemeni counterpart Saturday on the latest developments in Yemen, the state news agency WAM reported.

During their meeting in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Abdullah and visiting Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al Kurbi discussed the results of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary- General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani's recent visit to Yemen, the report said.

The UAE foreign minister "called on different parties in Yemen on the need to agree on the GCC initiative as an integrated formula to resolve the Yemeni crisis," according to WAM.

"Sheikh Abdullah appreciated the response of the Yemeni parties to this initiative, hoping that the response would be complete and quick to help Yemen emerge out from current difficult situation," the report said.

He noted that the GCC is keen on the stability and unity of Yemen, according to the report.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling party and opposition announced their official acceptance to the amended Gulf-mediated initiative of transferring power as Saleh renewed his warning of potential civil war in case of no reconciliation.

The plan sets 30 days as deadline for Saleh to announce his resignation after transferring power to his deputy and 60 days for the transitional president and the unity government to hold presidential elections.

Yemen has witnessed three-month-old anti-government protests demanding an immediate end to the 33-year rule of Saleh, undermining the security and stability of the country.

Source: Xinhua
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