Monday, June 6, 2011

Yemen: Westerners called to leave the country

The head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton, announced Saturday, June 4, activating a mechanism to assist and coordinate the evacuation of EU citizens residing in Yemen and wishing to leave because of violence in the country. Meanwhile, Paris has asked the French still there to leave the country without delay.

And London has launched a fresh appeal for its citizens, urging them to leave the country, in view of "the escalation of violence." Germany for its decision to close its embassy in the capital. The remaining staff on site will leave the country "as soon as possible", the ministry said in a statement.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs has again urged Yemeni President challenged Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. "The only answer to the current situation is a real and immediate commitment for a peaceful and orderly transition" of power, said Ashton. Yemeni President would in turn asked the Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade to contact several countries, including France and the United States to help Yemen to hold elections, stage before his departure from power.

Mr. Wade said he held talks with President Saleh on Thursday as chairman of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). During this conversation, "President Saleh told me that he agreed to leave office and asked me to get in touch with France, the United States of America, Saudi Arabia, UAE U.S.

and other friendly countries for their help in organizing free elections, saying he would not run and that he would accept the results, "Mr. Wade wrote in a statement sent to the .

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