General Ali Muhsen weclomes the call while the opposition wait more details
Source: Reuters, 05/04/2011
SANAA-Yemen on Tuesday accepted an invitation by Gulf Arab states to hold talks on its weeks-old political crisis in Saudi Arabia as a drive to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh from his three-decade rule gathered pace.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) invited the Yemeni government and opposition representatives to talks in Riyadh in a bid to end the crisis, but a date has yet to be set.
"We welcome the GCC invitation and the government is ready to discuss any ideas from our Gulf brothers to solve the crisis," Abubakr al-Qirbi, Yemen's acting foreign minister, told Reuters.
Aides to General Ali Mohsen, a key military leader who recently threw his weight behind the tens of thousands of protesters calling for Saleh's departure, said the general also accepted the call for talks in Saudi Arabia.
But leaders from core political opposition groups had yet to give a response, saying they would only give an answer when they received details of the proposed talks in Riyadh