Clinton calls on Yemen's Saleh to accept deal to step down

By REUTERS
May 23, 2011 08:05

WASHINGTON - The United States is disappointed that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has rejected a deal to step down, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said late on Sunday, urging him to sign the agreement.

"We urge him to immediately follow through on his repeated commitments to peacefully and orderly transfer power and ensure the legitimate will of the Yemeni people is addressed. The time for action is now," Clinton said in a statement.

Despite intense diplomatic pressure from Yemen's Gulf Arab neighbors and Western mediators, Saleh rejected a deal to step that would have given him immunity from prosecution.


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