Yemeni President Saleh arrives in US
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in the United States for medical treatment, the US government and the Yemeni embassy in Washington confirmed late Saturday, dpa reported.
State Department spokesman Noel Clay told broadcaster CNN that Saleh had landed in the country and was to remain only briefly for medical treatment.
The embassy said Saleh, 69, was in the US for a private medical visit and planned to return to Yemen in February.
He was severely wounded in June during an attack on the presidential palace in Sana'a. Yemen has seen 11 months of protests against Saleh's 33-year rule, as well as an al-Qaeda insurgency and revolts by restive tribes.
Saleh and his family left Yemen on January 22. He made a stopover in Britain before reaching the United States.
Yemen is being ruled by acting president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Saleh's absence. A presidential election to choose Saleh's successor is scheduled for February 21.