Yemen ruler asks Gulf mediator to delay visit

President Ali Abdullah Saleh sent a formal letter to Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, general-secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council, requesting the delay.

Last Updated: May 03, 2011, 22:45 PM IST

Sanaa: Two associates of Yemen`s president say he has asked a mediator from the neighboring Gulf countries seeking to resolve the country`s crisis to indefinitely delay his visit.

The decision is the latest blow to attempts to resolve weeks of anti-government unrest in this impoverished Arab country.

The two senior officials said on Tuesday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh sent a formal letter to Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, general-secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council, requesting the delay.

The letter was sent on Monday, just as al-Zayani was expecting to meet with Saleh to ask him to resign as part of the GCC`s initiative to resolve the crisis, they said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Bureau Report