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December 15 1997

President Saleh’s Visit to Tokyo: “Japan Sees Yemen as important partner.”
“Let me tell you that Japan sees Yemen as an important partner. I am here also to discuss the visit of H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Japan.” So said Mr. Seiichiro Noboru, Director-General of Middle Eastern and African Affairs, in an exclusive interview with the Yemen Times. Mr. Noboru left Sanaa yesterday, Sunday, 14th, following a 3-day official visit during which he met with Dr. Faraj Bin Ghanim, Prime Minister, Mr. Abdulaziz Abdulghani, Chairman of the Consultative Council, Dr. Abdul-Kareem Al-Iryani, Foreign Minister, and other officials. The Japanese official also stated that his country hopes to secure a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, latest by 1999. “We hope to play an increasing role in the world, and the UN Security Council is an important forum,” he said. On the stagnated Middle East process, he stressed that his country supports the Madrid formula of land for peace. Full text of interview on Law & Deplo. Page