US still considering Yemeni leader's visa request

AP News
Posted: Jan 03, 2012 2:22 PM
US still considering Yemeni leader's visa request

The White House says it is still considering a visa request for Yemen's outgoing autocratic president.

Spokesman Jay Carney says the request is being considered for the sole purpose of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's coming to the U.S. for medical treatment. Carney says he has no timeline for when a decision will be made.

Saleh's aides said over the weekend that he had reversed his plans to leave Yemen and would be staying in the country. However, a senior administration official said Tuesday that the U.S. has not heard from Saleh about any changes to his request to come to the U.S.

The official requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically.