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ADEN: President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said yesterday that dialogue was the only way to solve Yemen’s problems, as violence marred the third day of his visit to the south where security forces clashed with activists. Hadi arrived on Saturday on a surprise visit to the south, his first since becoming president in February 2012.
On Monday he met officials in Aden as four protesters were wounded when police opened fire to disperse a demonstration in the southeastern city of Mukalla, reports and witnesses said.
“Dialogue is the only way to solve all pending issues,” Hadi told the officials, the state news agency Saba said. The national dialogue is stipulated in the UN-backed Gulf initiative that eased former president Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office after more than three decades in power. It is scheduled to convene on March 18 and aims at drafting a new constitution and electoral law for parliamentary and presidential polls in 2014.AFP