(P)GCC members discuss Yemen
Tue, 03 May 2011 08:36:01 GMT
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has met with the chief of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, to discuss the crisis in Yemen.
According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM,) the two figures had discussions "on efforts being made by the (P)GCC to find a solution to the current crisis in Yemen," Xinhua reported early Tuesday.
The news agency said the UAE president exchanged insights with (P)GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani on the council's role in a solution to the Yemeni crisis "in light of the phone call Sheikh Khalifa had received from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.”
Following an extraordinary meeting of the (P)GCC foreign ministers on Sunday, al-Zayani was appointed to visit the Yemeni capital of Sana'a to resume efforts to settle the power-transition standoff in the Middle Eastern country.
President Saleh refused earlier to sign a (P)GCC-proposed deal that would have granted him immunity from prosecution in exchange for his stepping down and handing power over to his vice president.
Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in major Yemeni cities, including Sana'a, Aden, and Taizz, calling for an end to widespread corruption and unemployment as well as the ouster of President Saleh.
Popular anti-government protests in Yemen have been met by riot police or Saleh's supporters, who are armed with knives and batons.
The death toll in the country has surpassed 300 since the anti-government protests began in late January.