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President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday evening wrapped up a 2-week successful tour to Canada, USA, Italy and the State of the Vatican in response to invitations from the said countries. The president and his accompanying delegation had also attended the funeral of the former Tunisian president Al-Habib Bourgaiba.
President Saleh had conducted in Canada talks with General Governor Ms Adrienne Clarkson, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, the Foreign Minister and officials of the Houses of Senates and Commons.
During his visit to the US, he held talks with President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Madelein Albright, a number of officials at the American administration, the Congress, the Pentagon and the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
During his visit to Italy, President Saleh held talks with the Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Prime Minister Lamberto Deny, Speakers of the House of Senate and Parliament. President Saleh had a meeting in the State of the Vatican with His Pontiff Pope John Paul II, in which he discussed relations and areas of cooperation, reviewing the international situations and developments related to world peace and peace in the Mideast, the African Horn, and in the Red Sea. The talks also dealt with ways of consolidating bilateral relations and areas of common cooperation, the existing partnership and extending horizons of investment between Yemen and each of the friendly countries he had visited.