Monday, May 16, 2011

Russia opposes to foreign interference in Yemen

SANAA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Russian ambassador to Yemen Sergei Kozlov on Sunday reaffirmed his country's stance against foreign meddling in Yemen's power-transition crisis between the ruling party and the opposition, official Saba news agency reported.

During a meeting in the capital Sanaa with Yemeni Chairman of Shura Council Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani, Kozlov expressed confidence of the Russian government that Yemen has the capability to resolve the ongoing political stalemate without any foreign interference, Saba said.

The Russian diplomat reaffirmed his government's support to stand by Yemenis against any unwelcome foreign meddling in their affairs, Saba said.

Kozlov urged all Yemeni sides to engage in the dialogue as the best way to solve the differences and maintain the country's security, stability and unity.

For his part, Abdul-Ghani briefed the Russian diplomat with the latest progress of a power-transition initiative mediated by the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to solve the deadlock between the ruling party and the opposition.

Mass protests have rattled Yemen since mid February demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to relinquish power. No immediate compromise to settle the crisis between Saleh's ruling party and the opposition has reached yet.

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