Yemen & EU Sign Cooperation [Archives:1997/47/Front Page]

November 24 1997

Yemen and the European Union will sign later this week a 22-article ‘Cooperation Agreement’. Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul-Karim Al-Iryani left Sanaa last night for this purpose. He and Mr. Manuel Marin, Vice President of the Commission of the European Communities, will sign the document. This agreement brings Yemen closer to the EU arrangements with the Mediterranean basin countries. The agreement has clear requirements in human rights and civil liberties which Yemen has to honor in order to qualify for EU development assistance. The EU provides Yemen with around US$ 30 million annually. It also calls for cooperation in issues concerning the environment, drugs and money laundering.