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Obama presses Saleh on Yemen power transfer

July 11, 2011

SANAA (AFP) – A top aide to US President Barack Obama met Yemen’s convalescing leader in Riyadh on Sunday and urged him to sign a power transfer deal, reviving a Gulf peace plan for the impoverished state.

The parliamentary opposition in Sanaa, meanwhile, called for an escalation in the protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh that have rocked Yemen since late January.

“The United States believes that a transition in Yemen should begin immediately so that the Yemeni people can realise their aspirations,” the White House said.

The call came after Saleh received top US counter-terrorism official John Brennan in a hospital of the Saudi capital where he is recovering from a bomb attack at his presidential palace compound in Sanaa last month.

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