Thu May 26, 2011
Qatar has temporarily suspended the operation of its embassy in Yemen and has withdrawn its diplomatic staff members from the country due to violence.
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the decision was made because of the lack of response to the initiative and appeals to resolve the crisis in Yemen, Xinhua reported.
The diplomatic mission would return after the demands of the Yemeni people and their choices are met, the ministry said.
Qatar has taken the decisive step after Britain announced a similar move on Thursday to trim down its staff as the situation in Yemen is worsening since March 23.
The United States on Wednesday said it had ordered all non-essential embassy staff and family members to leave the Arab state.
More than 40 people were killed in clashes in the Libyan capital, Sana’a, on Thursday after President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a power transition deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council for the third time.
The deal calls on Saleh to step down within 30 days after signing the deal in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Saleh said on Wednesday that he is prepared to escalate the campaign against anti-regime tribesmen, who are calling for his immediate ouster after almost 33 years of authoritarian rule.
“I will not leave power and I will not leave Yemen. I don’t take orders from outside,” Saleh said.