Scripted ties with Netherlands in focus [Archives:2006/1002/Local News]

November 27 2006

TAIZ, Nov. 19 ) Al-Sa'eed Foundation for Science and Culture held a symposium on the historic trade ties between Netherlands and Yemen.

At the event, the Dutch historian, Cayef Browar, reviewed historic books on Yemen's economic history with the Dutch including the new book he published three weeks ago. The new book dealt with the historic events in the 17th and 18th century, during which the Dutch constituted a fixed trade station in the port city of Makha.

At that time, the Dutch visited Sana'a and presented gifts to the Ottoman ruler. The Netherlands established with Yemen strong trade ties thanks to activities at the Makha Port, supervised by the Dutch.

The Dutch historian visited Al-Sa'eed Library and said it is large and rich with ancient scripts containing information on different countries.

“In the Netherlands, we have a library for Yemeni scripts in the city of Laizen and there are many Dutch nationals specializing in Yemeni history,” said Browar. “These historians buy the ancient scripts and take it to the city of Laizen to then put them in special libraries containing scripts about Arab countries.”