Yemen, Jordan move toward economic partnership [Archives:2006/960/Local News]

July 3 2006

SANA'A, July 2 ) President Saleh and Jordanian King Abdullah II chaired the Yemeni-Jordanian discussions that took place today, focusing on bilateral relations and exchange of viewpoints on matters of mutual concern.

Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, the Yemeni Foreign Minister, declared that the Jordanian king's visit to Yemen is of great importance because of the deep relations between the two Arab countries. Discussions are to focus on aspects of cultural and economic cooperation in addition to the situation in Palestine, Iraq, and Somalia.

Yemeni-Jordanian relations have witnessed noteworthy progress with 11 bilateral cooperation agreements signed since the end of the eleventh round of the Joint Yemeni-Jordanian Supreme Committee which was held in Amman in 2005.

Bilateral relations between the two countries date back to 1988 when the two states signed comprehensive cooperation accords. At that time, King Hussain bin Talal paid a visit to Sana'a. Following his visit, both countries agreed on forming a supreme committee to be chaired by the prime ministers of the two countries.

Jordan and Yemen signed an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation in the field of oil and gas in 1990. Following a visit made by King Hussain after Yemeni Reunification in 1990, the Supreme Committee meetings started to be regularized and they resulted in the conclusion of many agreements and protocols, as well as the exchange official visits.