Almotamar.net, Saba - President Ali Abdullah Saleh received in Sana'a Tuesday Sheikh Mohammed al-Mouayad and his aide Mohammed Zayed, who returned home on Tuesday from the United States of America following their release at the end of last week. .
President Saleh welcomed warmly al-Mouayad and Zayed, who have been released last Friday, congratulating them on arrival to their homeland, after being detained unfairly.
The President considered their release as a victory for justice and human rights and a result of Yemen's follow-up to their case from the early days. Saleh thanked the American administration, particularly President Barack Obama for freeing them in response to demands of the country that was very confident of their innocence.
Al-Mouayad voiced his appreciation of the President's efforts and contacts with the concerned authorities in the USA, expressing his thanks defense team that has succeed to reach to the release decision.
Al-Mouayad and his personal aide Zayed have arrived in Sana'a on Tuesday morning.
Ministers of Foreign, Endowments and Guidance and Human Rights as well as Yemeni clerics and MPs and Shoura Council members were on top of the receivers.
Hundreds of Yemeni people have flocked to the Sana'a International Airport receiving them.
On Monday, the two landed in Dubai on a stopover coming from the US.
The two were ordered freed last Friday after they pleaded guilty to some charges against them and sentenced to time served since they were arrested in Germany and extradited to the US in 2003.
The two were arrested in Germany and extradited to the US in 2003 where they have been jailed for more than 6 years.
They faced terrorism charges including providing material support for organizations designated by the US as terrorist.
In 2005 Al-Mouayad and Zayed were sentenced to 75 and 45 years in prison respectively.
In October 2008, the convictions were overturned for them with the US later saying a retrial would be set for the two in 2009.
The health of al-Mouayad, in his 60s, has deteriorated while in prison and he underwent some surgeries.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Eng. Hisham Sharaf and Minister of Agriculture Ghazi Al-Ahwal met on Tuesday with the Resident Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Sana'a Dr. Salah El Hajj.
The meeting reviewed aspects of cooperation between Yemen and FAO, especially with regard to the food security situation in Yemen.