Gulf foreign ministers to meet over Yemen crisis

SANAA Thu May 19, 2011 8:10am EDT

SANAA May 19 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab foreign ministers will meet in an extraordinary session in the coming days to discuss Yemen after a Gulf-brokered near deal on a transition of power for their poorer neighbour fell through for a second time, a Yemeni opposition official said.

"The Cooperation Council informed us of a meeting of Gulf foreign ministers that will be devoted to discussing the special Yemen initiative," Mohammed Basindwa, an opposition figure tipped as a possible interim prime minister, said on Thursday.

He said the meeting could take place as early as Saturday in Riyadh, although Gulf officials could not immediately confirm the date. (Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Cynthia Johnston)

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