Yemen reverses decision to expel U.N. Human Rights envoy - senior official

by Reuters
Saturday, 9 January 2016 08:33 GMT

Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi movement perform the traditional Baraa dance during a gathering to show support for the group in Yemen's capital Sanaa December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

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Foreign ministry declared George Abu al-Zulof persona non grata on Thursday over what it called unfair statements

CAIRO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Yemen's government has reversed a decision to expel a U.N. human rights envoy after an appeal from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a senior official said on Saturday.

The foreign ministry had declared the representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, George Abu al-Zulof, persona non grata on Thursday over what it called unfair statements.

"The government has reversed its decision to declare the representative a persona non grata in response to the request of the U.N. Secretary General," the source, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, told Reuters.

He gave no further details and there was no immediate announcement by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government. or by the United Nations.

(Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari; Writing By Maha El Dahan)

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