Following the calm of the visit of President SalehPrince Al-Faisel arrives in Sana’a [Archives:2004/720/Local News]

March 15 2004

Hassan Al-Zaidi
It is expected that Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisel, will visit Sana'a on 20 March 2004. September 26 Newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Armed Forces, stated that talks will focus on enhancing bilateral cooperation and consultation on Arab current issues, including the situation in Iraq, in addition to the discussion of the work agenda for Arab Summit to be held in Tunisia at end of this month.
Saudi Arabia is currently exerting efforts in conjunction with Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries to find an Arab position to change the current direction of the US initiative towards the Middle East, which concentrates on freedom and democracy issues and considers them to be important elements in reducing terrorism and extremism. This concerns the ruling regime in Saudi, which is founded on hereditary monarchy. The Saudi-Egyptian coordination has led to Mubarak's statements criticizing the US project towards the Middle East, which he considers to lead to chaos and the accession extremists to power in the Arab countries.
On the other hand, an exchange of wanted elements, between Yemen and Saudi, accused of being involved in terrorism and security related cases, will take place next week. This comes within the frame of security cooperation between the two countries.
The situation between Yemen and Saudi was getting tense after the Saudi suggestion to build a barrier. This angered Yemen, but the Saudi leadership ordered a halt and the destruction of what was constructed following the visit of President Saleh to Saudi recently. Currently, preparations to put the first touches to the security plan are being arranged to prevent the infiltration of terrorists and arms from Yemen to Saudi.