Undersecretary of IranianForeign Ministry to Yemen Times [Archives:2004/743/Local News]

June 3 2004

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
Wednesday 26 May 2004- Dr. Mohamed Al-Sadr, Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry of Islamic Republic of Iran, who is currently in Yemen, confirmed in a statement to Yemen Times that his visit to Yemen was to hold the Yemeni-Iranian Joint Political Committee, established on April 2000.
The committee discussed several issues of mutual concern to both countries, particularly the issues that require political coordination and consultations.
The meeting reviewed, in its meeting, the progress of bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation and the means to enhance linkages between the two fraternal countries, especially since the Yemeni-Iranian relations have witnessed noticeable advancement following the visit of the President of Iran to Sana'a on May 2003.
The Undersecretary pointed out that the goal of the Joint Political Committee is to evaluate bilateral relations and to surmount obstacles standing before them. He added that the committee assists in coordinating relations and the exchange of views and opinions on political development at the regional and international levels.
The current talks focused on the exchange of information between the two foreign ministries, and the possibility of involving Yemeni diplomats in the Iranian Diplomatic Institute.
Dr. Al-Sadr confirmed that the economic field occupied a large portion of the talks. On a final note, the Undersecretary revealed that an Iranian Cultural Week would be held in Sana'a during the coming few days, within the framework of activities of Sana'a, the Arab Cultural Capital 2004.