Yemen Delegation for YSCC Meetings Arrives in Saudi Arabia [Archives:2000/50/Front Page]

December 11 2000
The Yemeni delegation to the meetings of the Yemeni-Saudi Coordination Council (YSCC) headed by PM. Dr. Abdulkarim Al-Iryani has left Sana’a today for Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah in Saudi Arabia. The delegation includes ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Planning & Development, Health, Labor and Vocational Training, Information, State for Cabinet Affairs, supply & Trade, Agriculture, Transportation, and Communications.
The delegation is expected to discuss with the Saudi party headed by Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz several issues that would enhance the relations between the two countries particularly after singing the border agreement on June 12, 2000.
The issues to be discussed during the two-day meetings are projects of nine agreements conducted by the preparatory committee three weeks ago in Sana’a. These agreements include protecting investment, customs, transportation cooperation and other issues that aim at strengthening bilateral relations. The resumption of the Saudi support to the Yemeni budget estimated at 100 million dollars and reopening the Saudi projects office in Sana’a are put on the YSCC agenda.
The Yemeni side in the preparatory committee meetings suggested some development projects like roads, electricity, hospitals be financed by Saudi Arabia.
They will also discuss the question of Yemeni expatriates in Saudi Arabia, its loans to Yemen, oil exploration, health, and sports cooperation.
Facilitating the access of Yemenis and products to Saudi Arabia will be prioritized.
The resumption of the YSCC activities after 13 years of suspension is viewed by some observers as one of the fruitful results of the Jeddah Agreement that would revitalize the relations and create a new scope for partnership.