Deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sent envoys to a number of GCC capitals in an effort to gain safe exit for himself and his family out of Yemen by denying his links to Houthi militias, Al Arabiya News Channel reported citing a GCC official.
Former Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al Qirbi is reportedly on a tour of Arab capitals as he attempts to enhance Saleh’s image, a mission the unnamed official said was “impossible” and risked Qirbi’s credibility and career.
A Security Council resolution on Tuesday blacklisted Saleh and the leader of Houthi militias. Soon after, the United States also placed the deposed leader on a blacklist.
The envoys have also reportedly declared that Saleh is bankrupt, which the Gulf state official in turn called morally and politically bankrupt.
Saudi Arabia is leading a 10-state coalition against the Houthi militias, whom Saleh had allied himself with as they took control of the country’s capital earlier this year.