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GCC summit to discuss Arab spring

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 01:34

May 10 - Gulf leaders arrive in Riyadh for a Gulf Cooperation Council summit that will discuss the major developments in the Arab world, while Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh continues to resist the GCC-brokered deal to end the anti-government protests in Yemen. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah arrives at Al Direya palace in Riyadh for the Gulf Cooperation Council summit on Tuesday. Other Gulf dignitaries attending include the King of Bahrain, the Emir of Kuwait, and the Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates. The forum is to discuss major political developments in the Arab world, including relations with Iran and the so-called 'Arab spring' popular revolts across the region. On Monday Yemen's Prime Minister met the Saudi King to try to restructure the Gulf-brokered deal aimed at ending the unrest in Yemen. The deal calls for Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign 30 days after signing, but he has so far refused to agree to the proposal. Protesters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Tuesday remain defiant, chanting "No dialogue, no negotiations, revolution is the only option." A protest spokesman says the people's demands are simple. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SECOND UNIDENTIFIED PROTEST SPOKESPERSON: "People came out on the streets and revolted for one main goal: overthrowing the regime and the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh. We do not have other demands and there is not going to be any dialogue or negotiation over these requests." Many demonstrators have vowed to remain on the streets until Saleh goes. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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GCC summit to discuss Arab spring

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 01:34