Emir of Qatar’s visit not for mediation [Archives:2003/642/Local News]

June 19 2003

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani's visit to Yemen, which was concluded last Thursday, was not for mediation between Yemen and Djibouti or between Yemen and any other country, said Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber al-Thani.
Yemeni official sources said that Sheikh Hamad held meetings with President Ali Abdullah Saleh during which they discussed regional developments and the Middle East crisis and recent violence.
“The visit of Sheikh Hamad to Sanaa and the talks he held with the Yemeni President fall in the context of joint consultations and coordination between the two states concerning various challenges facing the Arab situation in the current phase.” the source said.
The denial of the news reports linking the visit to an assumed Yemen-Djibouti crisis comes in response to what some news reports linking the visit to heal an alleged political crisis between Sanaa and Djibouti. The Sahwa.net website belonging to the opposition party Islah attributed its own perception to that the President of Djibouti Ismael Omar Ghella cancelled his visit to Sanaa which was due last week.
On the other hand, official sources said that the visit of the President of Djibouti to Yemen was postponed due to “urgent obligations.”