The embattled President of Yemen arrived on Saturday in the United States for medical treatment for burns he suffered during an assassination attempt in June.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived at an unspecified location in the United States, according to the country's foreign press office. His journey had taken him from Oman, through London.

The one-line Yemeni statement said Mr. Saleh was in the U.S. for a “short-term private medical visit.”

His staff has said he is in the United States to be treated for injuries suffered during the assassination attempt.

He was burned over much of his body and had shards of wood embedded into his chest by the explosion that ripped through his palace mosque as he prayed.

After months of unrest, Mr. Saleh agreed in November to end his 33-year-rule of the Arabian state.

His trip to the U.S. comes as Yemen, a key counterterrorism partner, prepares for an election on February 21 to select his successor.

It is unclear how long Saleh intends to remain in the U.S.

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