Yemen and Vatican to Establish Diplomatic Relations [Archives:1998/12/Front Page]

March 23 1998

Monsignor Jean Louis Tauran, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Holy See, plans a formal visit to Yemen during 27-29 March. The Vatican official will meet senior Yemeni officials, including President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The purpose of the visit, according to Yemen Times sources, is to discuss steps to establish diplomatic relations between Yemen and the Holy See. Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates are among the Arab countries who already have diplomatic ties with the Vatican.
The Catholic Church has around 230 followers in Yemen, all foreigners. There is a church in Aden serving the community.
In addition, the Mother Theresa Sisters, a Catholic charity, has been assisting mentally retarded Yemeni children for years now. They have ‘homes’ in Sanaa, Aden, Hodeidah and Taiz.
Monsignor Bernardo Gremoli, regional Vatican representative based in the UAE, will accompany Mons. Tauran to Sanaa.