Yemen's wounded president visits injured officials in Saudi hospital , calls for dialogue with Opposition


JNN 18 July 2011  SANAA, — Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia for bomb injures, paid visits Sunday to some other wounded Yemeni officials in the Saudi Military Hospital in Riyadh, the state-run Saba news agency reported.

The officials were wounded along with Saleh in the June 3 bomb attack on Sanaa presidential palace and were hospitalized in Riyadh.

“President Saleh visited Prime Minister Ali Mujawar, Shura Council Chairman Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani and Sanaa governor No’aman Dwaid,” Saba said.

“During the visits, Saleh reiterated his appreciation to the Saudi leadership for the care, saying it reflected the deep-rooted relations between Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” said the report.

Saleh, who was injured by a bomb attack on his presidential palace on June 3, has faced six-month-long protests across the country, demanding an end to his 33-year rule.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia, described his opponents as ” traitors” and called for dialogue, in an article he published Monday on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of his rule.

In the article, which was published by the Yemeni state-run Althawra daily newspaper, Saleh said he “reached power through a democratic way rather than a coup,” blaming his opponents are now trying overthrow his constitutional legitimacy.

The president in his article “Dialogue is the only solution,” renewed his call for the opposition coalition to engage in conciliation dialogue in order to “stave off unrest and end political stalemate of the country.”

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