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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Yemen's president to go to US for medical treatment 

President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi has been treated for a heart condition

President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in 2017. Reuters 
President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in 2017. Reuters 

Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi is headed to the United States to undergo medical tests later this month, a minister said on Monday.

Information Minister Moammer Al Eryani said in a tweet that Mr Hadi was travelling to the US to attend the UN General Assembly, which opens on September 18 in New York.

"He will undergo medical examinations while there," Mr Eryani tweeted, without providing further details on the nature of the tests that the Yemeni president is expected to undertake.

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The 73-year-old head of the country's internationally-recognised government has been undergoing treatment for a heart condition since 2011.

Mr Hadi returned to Yemen in June after three years in Saudi Arabia, in a bid to bolster the coalition-backed Yemeni forces against the Iranian-affiliated Houthi group, which captured the Yemeni capital in 2015.

Many hoped that his return could be the key to speeding up the country's peace process. In August he traveled to Al Mahra in his first trip within the country, to announce new infrastructure projects in a push to start rebuilding the war-torn country.

Two Yemeni officials told Reuters that Mr Hadi would stay in the United States until the United Nations General Assembly meeting at the end of September.