US welcomes Saleh's departure, Yemen transition
The United States on Wednesday welcomed a deal in Yemen that will see President Ali Abdullah Saleh cede power after months of protests demanding his ouster, DPA reported.
"The United States applauds the Yemeni government and the opposition for agreeing to a peaceful and orderly transition of power that is responsive to the aspirations of the Yemeni people," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
"This agreement marks a significant step forward for the Yemeni people in their quest for a unified, democratic, secure and prosperous country."
Toner applauded the Gulf Cooperation Council, which brokered the deal, and vowed international cooperation in support of a democratic transition. He urged the parties to refrain from violence and to act quickly to hold elections within 90 days.