Djibouti’s President Concludes a Successful Visit to Yemen [Archives:2000/03/Front Page]

January 17 2000

Djibouti president Ismael Omer Jeila arrived in Sana’a Saturday beginning a several-day state visit to Yemen in response to an invitation by president Ali Abdulla Saleh for having talks on consolidating bilateral relations and discussing developments on both Arab and international arenas. The Djibouti president was granted a grand official and popular welcome at Sana’a airport headed by president Ali Abdulla Saleh, vice-president Abidrabu Mansour Hadi, prime minister Dr Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, Mr Abdulaziz Abdulghani, chairman of the Consultative Council, deputy premier, the foreign minister Abdulqader Ba Jamal and the minister of supply and trade in addition to the Yemeni ambassador to Djibouti Abdulwahab Al-Wahabi and Djibouti ambassador to Yemen Yousif Omer Da’ala. The visiting president was also welcomed by the ministers, members of the consultative council and parliament, leaders of political parties and organizations, military commanders, the staff of Djibouti embassy in Sana’a and a number of the Djibouti community in Yemen.
Both presidents of Yemen Ali Abdulla Saleh and of Djibouti Ismael Omer Jeila held a closed- door meeting in which they discussed fraternal relations and ways of enhancing and developing areas of cooperation in realization of both countries joint interests.
The two presidents had also reviewed developments in the African Horn region and reconciliation efforts in Somalia. The meeting also discussed the Arab situation and coordinating efforts of the two countries for strengthening Arab solidarity and for speeding up holding the Arab summit, called Yemen and a number of Arab countries.
The two presidents had also reviewed many of regional and international developments of common interest, mainly the peace process in the region in the light of resumption of negotiations between Syria and Israel. Presidents Saleh and Jeila had later on Saturday chaired both countries delegations in another round of official talks where they discussed fraternal relations and areas of joint cooperation and ways of developing and cementing them in the light of what had been discussed and agreed upon. They also discussed protocols in meetings of the joint supreme commission for economic, technical, cultural, scientific and information fields in addition to training in the manner achieving the common interests and enhancement of partnership between both countries and peoples.
There was also a review and exchange of viewpoints on regional and international developments mainly the situations in the African Horn, reconciliation in Somalia, Arab solidarity, developments of the peace process in the region and many international developments of common interest.