US asks Yemeni president to hand over power

Washington, July 11 (IANS) The US has called upon Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to "fulfill expeditiously" his pledge of signing a deal for peaceful transition in his country.

A top aide to US President Barack Obama met Saleh in this regard Sunday in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, Xinhua reported Monday.

John Brennan, Obama's assistant for counter-terrorism and homeland security, met Saleh in Riyadh, a White House statement said.

The Yemeni president is in Riyadh and recuperating from injuries which he sustained during an attack on his presidential palace in early June.

"During the meeting, Brennan called upon President Saleh to fulfill expeditiously his pledge to sign the GCC-brokered agreement for peaceful and constitutional political transition in Yemen," the White House statement stated.

Brennan "emphasized the importance of resolving the political crisis in Sana'a so that the Yemeni government and people can successfully confront the serious challenges they face, including the terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of Yemeni citizens," the White House added.


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