Yemeni government denies relation to a delegation mediating the release of al-Turabi
Yemen-Sudan, Politics, 3/7/2001
Well-informed sources in Sanaa said that a delegation representing the Muslim Brothers in Yemen headed during the three past days to al-Khartoum seeking to mediate for releasing the leader of the opposition People's National Congress party Hassan al- Turabi.
The sources said the delegation which includes leaderships from Muslim Brothers in Yemen is making these efforts at a personal initiative.
To this effect, a source close to the Yemeni government said that the government does not have information about the said initiative, nor the efforts made to this effect, noting that the government in Yemen has no relations to what is taking place in Sudan is an internal matter.
The same sources explained that the delegation seeks in an attempt to mediate with the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in order to release al-Turabi who was arrested in February over signing an agreement with the people's movement for the liberation of Southern Sudan, led by John Garang.
These well-informed sources expected, in the course of the security cooperation between Yemen and Sudan that the latter ( Sudan) will hand several active Islamists and extremists, which said that the Sudanese authorities arrested them during the recent detention campaign launched against al-Turabi's partisans and that it is suspected that certain Islamic elements which will be handed to Yemen are involved in the attack against the USS COLE warship explosion.
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