Yemeni Prez applies for US visa for treatment
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 11:40
Washington: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has applied for a US visa for medical treatment, but the Obama Administration hasn't decided on it, a State Department official said.

"We're continuing to consider President Saleh's request to enter the country for the sole purpose of seeking medical treatment... the permission has not been granted yet. We're still considering his request," State department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

However, according to media reports here, US officials have assured Yemen that Saleh would be granted visa without any precondition.

"We were informed yesterday from the American Embassy about the arrival of the visa," Sultan al-Barakani, a senior ruling party official in Yemen, was quoted as saying by The Washington Post.

"They called us again today and confirmed the visa. And they requested to know the date of the travel and the route," he said, adding that no condition was attached to it.

"I can't get into the details of visa requests. Just suffice it to say that the purpose would be for medical treatment," Toner said in response to a question.

Saleh has ruled his country for more than three decades; but is now facing popular revolt against his rule. In June, Saleh suffered serious wounds on the palace.


First Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 11:40

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