26_September [Archives:2008/1134/Press Review]

March 3 2008

Thursday, February 28
Top stories

– Mediation committee continues effort to end sedition and enhance peace in Sa'ada

– Yemeni delegation in New York signs an agreement to establish financial market

– GPC MP: Opposition's escapism from dialogue may delay upcoming parliamentary elections

– Teachers nationwide receive salary raises this month

– German Chancellor confirms support for Yemen's democracy and development

– Third Yemeni Satellite Channel 'Sheba' to be officially launched in this March

The weekly reported that President Saleh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held on Wednesday Yemeni-German talks and reviewed mutual relations and means of increasing German support to Yemen's democracy and development.

Both sides also tackled developments in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Somalia, African Horn, Iranian nuclear file and efforts of combating terror.

According to the weekly, Saleh highlighted the level of mutual relations and partnership between Yemen and Germany, and the latter's support for democracy and development in Yemen, stressing the necessity of Germany playing an integral role in supporting Yemen at the bilateral level and the European Union level.

On her part, Merkel underscored the good relations between the two friendly countries and democratic experiment in Yemen, confirming her country's commitment to support Yemen's development and democracy and offer assistance in other areas of security, terrorism combating, and technical and vocational education.

The Yemeni leader also emphasized the necessity of assessing peace in the Middle East, setting up a Palestinian independent state, and supporting Arab Peace Initiative concerning Lebanon for speeding up election of the country's president and protecting its unity, security and stability.

He called on Germany to play an active role for reducing sufferings of Palestinian people as a result of Israeli aggression and blockade of Gaza Strip, adding that the international community should be responsible for pressing Israel to abide by any international resolutions concerning Arab-Israeli conflict.