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US convinces Prez not to return

world Updated: Aug 09, 2011 02:09 IST

US officials have convinced Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, convalescing in Saudi Arabia from an assassination attempt, not to return to his country, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday.

The report came a day after the veteran Arab leader left hospital in Riyadh and was moved to a government residence for further recuperation, as mass protests against his 33-year rule wore into their seventh month.

Yemeni officials denied the report and said the president would return to Sanaa, where fighting between troops loyal to Saleh and pro-opposition tribesmen has been increasing.

Citing US sources, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat said Washington had managed to pressure Saleh into retreating from his promise to return and lead a dialogue in Yemen.

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