Working for Closer Ties Between Sanaa & Ottawa CC Delegation Prepares Canada Trip [Archives:1999/18/Front Page]

May 3 1999

H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Abdulghani, Chairman of the Consultative Council (CC), has accepted an invitation from the Honorable Gildas Molgat, Speaker of the Canadian Senate. A 4-person delegation from the Consultative Council is now scheduled to arrive in Ottawa on June 8th, on a 4-day official visit. 
“We are working to promote stronger cooperation between our two countries,” explained Mr. Abdulghani. 
The Yemeni delegation seeks to meet Ms. Huguette Labelle, Chairman of Canadian International Development Agency, to reach an agreement to qualify for bilateral assistance. At the moment, Yemen receives assistance through CIDA’s multilateral program. Although such program severely limits the availability of funds, Yemen will already be receiving $ 1 million Canadian from Canada in 1999. 
Mr. Abdulghani also hopes to meet with the Canadian Foreign Minister, the Honorable Lloyd Axeworthy. “We hope the Canadian Government will see the need to open an embassy in Sanaa,” he said. 
Canada has also offered to sign 2 agreements – one on investment guarantees and the other on avoiding double taxation, in order to promote joint ventures and investments.