President Saleh appears on TV and calls for dialogue, and supporters rejoice by firing to air
By Nasser Arrabyee/07/07/2011
The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that elements connected with terrorists targeted him on June 3.
Speaking on Yemeni Tv from his residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh where is recovering from injuries and burns he sustained in the failed assassination attempt, said the those terrorists who targeted him and his senior aides actually targeted the freedom and democracy.
“But we and the Yemeni people stand firm,” he said.
The sky of Sana’a and almost all over Yemen was lit up with live bullets and fireworks as Saleh supporters were celebrating his recovering and his first appearance since he was injured. Firing to air continued for hours.
Saleh, who looked with darker face because of the plastic surgeries, said he welcome political partnership and dialogue with his opponents but in the framework of the constitution.
“We would not accept the arm twisting ways,” He said.
Saleh thanked his Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, for all efforts he is making with all parties to get out from the current crisis.
“I would like to thank brother vice president for all great efforts he is making with all parties and forces for reconciliation with all,” Saleh said in his short televised speech.
President Saleh also said he underwent eight surgical operations in the Saudi hospital.
Saleh highly thanked the Saudi Monarch for good hospitality and taking care of him and his aides. Saleh said 87 people were injured with him including the senior officials like the prime minister and head of Shural council and speaker of parliament.