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Khalifa receives phone call from Yemeni President (updated)

May 23, 2011 - 04:55 -

WAM Abu Dhabi, May 23rd, 2011 (WAM)--President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a phone call from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in which he offered his apology for the incident in which the diplomats were detained in the UAE Embassy in the Yemeni Capital, Sana'a, yesterday.

A number of demonstrators besieged the UAE Embassy in Sana'a when the UAE, GCC and Western diplomats and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States (GCC) Abdul Latif Al Zayani, were in the embassy.

An official in the office of President in the Yemeni Capital, Sana'a, deeply regretted the incident in which the GCC Secretary General, GCC ambassadors, U.S. ambassador, EU ambassadors and other diplomats were detained in the embassy.

A source told Yemeni News Agency that "what happened was irresponsible and unacceptable. The UAE, its leadership or ambassador were not targeted", indicating that the angry demonstrators took to the street in the Capital, Sana'a, rejecting signing of the GCC initiative. Their anger did not spare even President Saleh and over 1500 members of the Permanent Committee, the General Authorities of Popular Conference and the National Democratic Alliance Parties for more than three hours at Police College Square, preventing them to leave." He underscored that Yemen's leadership, government and people respect the UAE's leadership, government and people, and appreciate the fraternal stances of the UAE that support Yemen's security, stability and unity.

The source indicated that the accidental incident would not affect in anyway the strong relations between the two sisterly countries and peoples.

WAM/MN