Saturday, April 9, 2011

Al-Qirbi reconfirms: President Saleh will not run for President

SANA'A, April 09 (Saba)- Caretaker Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi reconfirmed on Saturday President Ali Abdullah Saleh's decision not to run in the upcoming presidential election and not to bequeath.

This came during the expanded-meeting with heads of diplomatic missions and Arab and foreign ambassadors accredited to Yemen.

Al-Qirbi confirmed that the existing dispute between the ruling party and opposition parties is not on the transfer of power, but on the mechanism of transition that ensures maintaining of unity, security and stability in Yemen.

He expressed appreciation of the political leadership and the Yemeni government for all efforts made to conciliate between the political parties as well as they in the framework of the Constitution.

What came in the president's speech on Friday was not a rejection of the Gulf mediation, but of what came in a statement by Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al-Thani, al-Qirbi added.

He pointed out that the statements of Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem was a surprise to Yemen, "because it first gave the impression that the matter has been decided and secondly that the parties concerned is the government of Yemen and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and not the Yemeni government and the opposition".

Al-Qirbi said that the role of the GCC is the mediation to bring close viewpoints address the crisis.

He noted to the phone calls made by President Saleh with leaders of the GCC countries, through which he expressed his gratitude for their good efforts and keenness to contribute to find a solution to help Yemen to overcome the current situation and maintain its security and stability.

Moreover, al-Qirbi stressed that the political leadership and the Yemeni government did not and will not close the door of dialogue and welcome all efforts to address the political crisis.

He added if a state of chaos and instability happens in Yemen, it will not affect Yemen only, but also the region and the world.

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