Yemen and USA Deny Military Deal with Israel [Archives:2000/19/Front Page]

May 8 2000

A Yemeni official source denied Friday reports published in the last issue of Yemen Times quoting, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Majd about a deal involving security and military cooperation between Yemen and Israel. The source described those reports as fabricated lies and groundless propaganda aimed at distorting Yemen’s principled stands.
The source has made it clear that Yemen is opposed to any form of individual or bilateral normalization with the ‘Zionist’ entity, asserting that discussion of this issue would only be within the framework of a collective Arab decision through the Arab League following the establishment of just and lasting peace in the region.
On the other hand sources at the U.S. embassy in Sana’a denied the very same report of the Jordanian newspaper and in a statement to Yemen Times, they also denied press reports about a U.S. military delegation to participate in Yemen’s celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the unification.
A Yemeni newspaper Al-Umma had earlier published a news that a U.S. military delegation headed by general Zini would be attending the Yemeni unification celebrations. The American embassy sources described Al-Umma news as groundless.