Yemen & Iran:Bilateral agreements signed [Archives:2003/636/Front Page]

May 12 2003

Mohammed bin Sallam
His Excellency, Mr. Mohammed Khatemi, the Iranian President left Sana'a after a 2-day visit to the Republic of Yemen.
During the second day of Khatemi's official visit, a statement was issued by the two sides dealing with,
– the security cooperation agreement.
– the commercial cooperation agreement.
– the memorandum of understanding for financial and economical cooperation.
– the maritime trade navigation agreement.
– developmental support agreement.
– a protocol signed between the Yemeni-Iranian Supreme Export Council.
– an executive program protocol for cultural cooperation.
The two sides agreed to promote the bilateral foreign relations along with holding periodical consultations over issues of common interest at both international, and regional level within the framework Islamic Conference Organization and Nonaligned Nations Movement.
At the regional level, an emphasis was placed on the regional cooperation and coordination by the Yemeni-Iranian officials in order to maintain stability and security in the region and the necessity to continue cooperation among those countries in the region with the aim of enhancing world peace and security.
The two sides spoke highly of the security agreement between the two countries and considered it to be a positive aspect in this regard.
The two sides have stressed for the necessity to maintain the Iraqi lands and its national sovereignty.
The two sides have demanded the necessity for the foreign forces to withdraw form Iraqi land.
They also expressed their worries and concerns of Iraqis' sufferings and the consequences that have befallen on them.
The two sides have demanded for paving the way for the Iraqis to choose a government comprising the whole classes through performing an honest elections without the interference of others.
The Iraqis have to decide their self-determination, preserve the cultural, economical and civilized basic infrastructures.
In addition to this, an emphasis has been placed by the two sides on maintaining peace and social security among the people in Iraq.
As for the Palestine issue, the two sides have put great stress to support the Palestinians with the a view of supporting and enhancing its struggle and its resistance against occupation and continuing their struggle to get their legal rights in a complete manner.
The two sides have also expressed their concerns over Israel's production of weapons of mass destruction.
An emphasis has been placed by the two countries to make the Middle East region a region free of weapons of mass destruction and that all sides have to show adherence to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and have to accept being supervised by the international atomic energies agencies.