Yemen participates in trio summit in Addis Ababa [Archives:2003/698/Local News]

December 29 2003

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
Today, Monday December 29, the trio summit of Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan is expected to start and will continue until tomorrow. Yemen will be represented by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Sudan will be represented by Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Basheer, while Ethiopia will be represented by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
Regional security issues, means to combat terrorism and monitor borders, along with efforts to promote and strengthen security cooperation will be discussed. Fighting smuggling and protecting water straights will also be targeted in the talks.
The Sudan peace talks and developments in the Somali reconciliation conference will be tackled in the agenda of the two-day summit.
Beside the trio summit, a separate meeting of businessmen from the three countries will be held in an effort to consolidate trade and business relations between them by forming a common company with the national capital of the three countries. Participants will also discuss means of establishing a common free trade market.