Monday, March 26, 2012

Yemeni president arrives in Saudi capital to discuss Sanaa crisis

26 March 2012
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi arrived in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Monday, for the first trip abroad since he was elected last month in line with a Gulf-brokered deal aimed at ending Yemen's one-year political crisis, officials said, Xinhua reported.
Hadi is scheduled to meet Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Monday evening to discuss the latest developments in Yemen and the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) deal that transfer power from former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh after mass anti-government protests, Yemeni government officials told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The two leaders will also talk about "Friends of Yemen" donors' meeting, an international conference scheduled to be held next month in Riyadh for assisting Yemen's economic sector, according to the officials.
Hadi was elected as a consensus president on Feb. 25 in elections agreed by Saleh's party General People's Congress (GPC) and the opposition coalition in accordance with the UN-backed GCC deal.
Under the deal signed in November 2011, 66-year-old Hadi, who has served 17 years under the GPC, is supposed to carry out reforms during his two-year interim period.
Key terms in the deal's second phase include reforming the Yemeni army, disarming warring forces, conducting a national dialogue to settle the disputes among all rival parties, stabilizing the economic and security situation, rewriting the Yemeni constitution and preparing for the parliamentary and presidential elections.

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