Expert: Yemen president expected to leave country soon
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi on Monday left to Saudi Arabia, carrying a message from President Ali Saleh. This came as Salam Mohammed, head of the Aba'ad Centre for Studies predicted that arrangements are being made for the departure of the Yemeni president. He expected his departure could take place in the coming hours after the army abandoned him and joined the ranks of the popular revolution.
He said that Saudi Arabia wouldn't receive Ali Saleh, but expected Saudi Arabia would make efforts to arrange Saleh's departure to the United Arab Emirates, Russia or China.
Mohammed said: "Saudi Arabia is keen on its relationship with the Yemeni people, and therefore the kingdom can not take the risk of taking such a step.
Mohammed added that the United States, Britain and Germany would be unable to risk themselves and host Saleh because these countries have significant interests in Yemen.