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GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen

GCC countries' top ministers attend extraordinary meeting in Riyadh to discuss a solution for Yemeni crisis

GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) greets his Omani counterpart Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah upon his arrival in Riyadh on May 22, 2011 to attend an extraordinary meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers to discuss situation in Yemen. The GCC called for "a swift signing by president Ali Abdullah Saleh ... and a peaceful transition of power" (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) greets his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem Al Sabah upon his arrival in Riyadh. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign an agreement on Sunday to step down, the third time such a deal has fallen through at the last minute, despite pressure from Gulf Arab and Western mediators (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) greets his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khaled Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa upon his arrival in Riyadh on May 22, 2011. Saleh has said al Qaeda militants could fill a political and security vacuum if he is forced out and, in a televised speech on Sunday, blamed the opposition for the deal's collapse (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen
A picture taken through glass shows Gulf Cooperation Council secretary general Abdul Latif Al Zayyani (2nd-R) arriving in Riyadh from Yemen where he was encircled at the Emirati embassy by armed regime supporters. The deal would have given Saleh immunity from prosecution, ensuring a dignified exit after nearly 33 years in power. If he had signed it, he would have become the third long-entrenched Arab leader ousted by popular protests since January (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen
Gulf Cooperation Council secretary general Abdul Latif Al Zayyani (L). The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc of Yemen's oil-rich neighbors and Western powers have exerted intense diplomatic efforts to secure a deal and end the violence in which more than 170 Yemeni demonstrators have been killed (AFP/Getty Images/ text: Reuters)
GCC calls for 'peaceful transition of power' in Yemen
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa disembarks from his plane upon his arrival in Riyadh on May 22, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)