US still considering Yemeni leader's visa request

AP , Wednesday 4 Jan 2012

US still considering whether to grant resigned Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh visa for medical treatment

The White House says it is still considering a visa request for Yemen's outgoing autocratic president.

Spokesman Jay Carney says the request is being considered for the sole purpose of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's coming to the US for medical treatment. Carney says he has no timeline for when a decision will be made.

Saleh's aides said over the weekend that he had reversed his plans to leave Yemen and would be staying in the country. However, a senior administration official said Tuesday that the US has not heard from Saleh about any changes to his request to come to the US

The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publically.

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