Yemen president to undergo ‘medical tests’ in US

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Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will undergo medical tests in the United States later this month, a minister said Monday.

Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani said in a tweet that Hadi will be 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,” Eryani tweeted, without providing further details on the nature of the tests that the Yemeni president is expected to undertake.

Hadi, 73, on Sunday chaired a cabinet session in the Saudi capital.

There have been no reports that Hadi has been ill.

Backed by the Arab Coalition, Hadi’s government has battled Iran-backed Houthi militias for more than three years.

The UN recognizes the administration of Hadi as the legitimate government of Yemen.

The world body has invited Yemen’s warring parties to hold peace talks in Geneva from Thursday.

Both the government and militias have said they do not expect any breakthrough at the talks, the first since UN-backed negotiations broke down in 2016.

Yemen’s foreign minister has ruled out face-to-face meetings between the delegations.