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.
A military raid on houses in Hota town of Lahj province resulted on Sunday in arresting three terrorists elements, a military source at the Fourth Military Region Command said.
The military source said that a number of automatic weapons and RPG launchers and silencer pistol were found during the raid, noting that the military and security services are still investigating and pursuing the remnants of the terrorist elements and cells who fled from the area.
The European Union has denounced any act aiming at diminishing the political transfer in Yemen, stressing that parties involved in armed clashes must abandon their weapons they seized from state's army and to abide by effective laws.
In a release issued by the EU Commission today on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy under the motto "Sharing Youth in the Democratic Process," it made it clear the world is focusing on involving youth in the democratic process.
"Half of the population in Yemen is under 15 years and one third of the population is between 15-29," the release said. The released added that the Yemeni youth cannot wait more as they are aspiring for more prosperous future and calling for a new Yemen people share power and resources away of dominance of any group or individuals.
President Abd-Rabb Mansour Hadi on Saturday met with a number of Sheikhs, dignitaries, and social figures from Heziaz area, southern the capital Sana'a.
Hadi during the meeting said that Yemen now is facing critical situation due to current Houthi escalation in and around the capital Sana'a, which needs more caution and avoiding not entering in a conflict with Houthi armed militias.
"We don't mind, and under the constitution and laws, to organize peaceful protests, but trying to storm government facilities, schools, police stations or houses is something forbidden,'' President Hadi said.
He urged everyone to bear his national responsibility in order to avoid fighting in the capital
Yemen's ambassador to the United Kingdom Abdullah al-Radi met on Friday in London with British Minister of State for Middle East Affairs Tobias Ellwood.
In the meeting, al-Radi and Ellwood discussed the underway arrangements for the next meeting of Friends of Yemen Group scheduled on September 24 in New York, as well as the aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The British minister confirmed his country's strong support to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to complete the entitlements of the transitional stage and translate the outcomes of the national dialogue conference (NDC). He stressed that the international community would not allow any group or party to obstruct Yemen's exit march to the prospects of harmony ,peace, development and prosperity.
The U.S. ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller reiterated on Thursday his country's keenness to support the political process in Yemen and to provide support to Yemen to face the entitlements of the current transitional phase.
In a meeting between Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Mohamed al-Saadi and the U.S. ambassador, the two sides reviewed the developments at the national arena and the cooperation between the two countries, as well as the underway arrangements for holding the meeting of the Group of Yemen Friends on September 24 in New York.
Yemen and the US discussed here on Wednesday the joint cooperation between the two countries in higher education and scientific research areas.
During the meeting, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hisham Sharaf and US ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller reviewed the measures to dispatch the top 10 high school graduate students to study in the US universities in 2014-2015.
Moreover, they discuss ways to increase the competitive opportunities for Yemeni postgraduate students within the Fulbright US Scholar Program.
- President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi received on Monday evening a phone call from Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.
During the phone conversation, al-Faisal voiced his country's concern over the current Houthi escalation in and around the capital Sana'a, and in Marib and Jawf provinces.
He also expressed discontent of Saudi Arabia along with the GCC other states over such actions by Houthis that aim to undermine the political settlement process in Yemen in accordance with the GCC-brokered deal.
Arab Foreign Ministers have condemned political and security escalation in Sana'a, stressing their countries' full commitment to maintain Yemen's unity and sovereignty and rejection of any interference in its internal affairs.
In a statement issued on Sunday at the conclusion of the 142nd regular session of the Arab League Council, the Arab Foreign Ministers urged all Yemeni political forces, including Ansarallah, to abide by the initiative of the Presidential National Committee, which - as they said - is the proper and only solution to tackle the current crisis in Yemen, maintain its stability and security and complete the transition stage.