Yemen's Saleh apologizes to UAE for embassy blockade

May 23, 2011 13:26

DUBAI - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh apologized to the United Arab Emirates on Monday after gunmen loyal to Saleh surrounded the UAE embassy in Sanaa during diplomatic talks a day earlier, the UAE state news agency said.

US, European and Gulf ambassadors stranded at the embassy during the talks had to be lifted out by helicopter on Sunday, the day Saleh refused to sign a Gulf Arab-brokered deal to transition him out of power.

"Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan received a phone call from Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in which he apologized for what the country's embassy in Sanaa was exposed to yesterday," the news agency said.

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