Yemen's Saleh urges opposition talks amid new clashes

By REUTERS
April 5, 2011 15:24

SANAA - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh urged his opponents on Tuesday to join talks to end a two-month-old political crisis as fresh clashes erupted between his troops and protesters seeking to finish his 32-year rule.

With US pressure mounting on Saleh to negotiate his exit, Saleh accepted an invitation by Gulf Arab states to talks with opposition representatives in Saudi Arabia, at a date yet to be set.

Saleh, who ignored a transition-of-power plan offered by the opposition on Saturday, accepted the Arab Gulf states' invitation and urged to the opposition to follow suit.

"I promise that we will make every effort to return things to normal through talks with rational people from the Joint Meetings Party (Yemen's main opposition coalition)," he told supporters in his hometown of Sanhan.


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