Yemen’s official news agency denied a report published in Asharq al-Awsat, the London-based pan-Arab daily, that US officials had convinced injured Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh not to return to Yemen.
SABA news said Tuesday there was “no truth” to the report. Itsaid the president, who was injured during a June attack on his presidential compound, would return to Yemen after a period of recuperation determined by his doctors.
On Monday, Asharq al-Awsat said Saleh had decided not to return home partly “as a result of U.S. pressure.”
Saleh was discharged from a Saudi hospital late Saturday and moved to a Saudi government residence. He suffered severe burns in the June assassination attempt when a bomb went off inside a mosque in the presidential palace, while he and other senior officials were praying. The blast killed 11 people and seriously wounded a number of the officials.
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