Yemeni VP discusses political crisis with German envoy

14:04, July 19, 2011      

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Yemeni Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Monday met with visiting German government envoy Michael Joseph, discussing the prolonged political standoff in Yemen, official Saba news agency reported.

The German official, arriving in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday for a few-day tour, said he had met Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the Saudi Military Hospital in Riyadh, where the president has been treated since earlier June for injuries from a bomb attack on the presidential palace in Sanaa.

Joseph had conveyed to Saleh the German government condemnation on the June 3 attack that killed 13 of Saleh's aides and injured him along with many other high-ranking officials.

He added that the German government is following up the development in the Yemeni political arena, and his country supports a peaceful power transition based on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to resolve the standoff, according to Saba.

For his part, Hadi hailed the German government stance in helping Yemen resolve the current political crisis, confirming that "efforts backed by Western and Gulf countries to settle the differences with Yemeni opposition parties were still going on."

"Our country relies on the conciliation role of the countries of the European Union, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the United States to reach a compromise with the opposition parties," Saba quoted Hadi as saying when meeting with Joseph.

The GCC initiative stipulated Saleh to resign within 30 days after forming a joint national government to be headed by the opposition. It also included holding presidential elections in 60 days after Saleh's resignation.

The embattled president wrote an article published by the Yemeni state media on Monday on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of his rule, in which he described his opponents as " traitors" and asked them to respond positively to the vice president's call for dialogue to end the long-running political deadlock.

Source: Xinhua
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