Yemen seeks closer ties with Indonesia [Archives:2002/36/Local News]
JAKARTA, Aug 30, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) – Yemen is keen to strengthen friendly and mutually beneficial relations with Indonesia, Yemeni Ambassador to Indonesia Ahmed Salem Saleh said on Friday in a comment on a 4-day visit by Yemeni Vice President Abduraboo Mansoor Hadi.
“The visit by the vice president is making a great stride in forging closer bilateral relations,” Saleh was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying.
He added that Indonesia and Yemen have established a long-term and stable relationship.
In 1998 Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh completed a fruitful and successful state visit here, resulting in the agreements on a wide range of bilateral cooperation, including the establishment of the Indonesia-Yemen Joint Commission.
“We hope the joint commission will hold its first meeting in the near future,” said Saleh.
The Yemeni vice president has been visiting Indonesia since August 28 accompanied by Minister of Education and Scientific Research Yahya Ashaibi and Minister of Oil and Mining Toufik Noman. On the other hand, the visiting Yemeni Vice President said in Bandung of Indonesia’s West Java province Friday that his government will consider buying Indonesia- made airplanes and military weapons.
Having visited state-run airplane industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia and military weapon manufacturer PT Pindad in the city, Mansoor said he will report Indonesia’s technological advance to the Yemeni government, expecting a further cooperation will follow.
He also said he was impressed by the achievement in modern aviation technology made by Indonesia.
“I have heard and read about the growing technological development in Indonesia for many times. But only today I can see it before my very eyes,” he was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying.
On the same occasion, PT Dirgantara Indonesia’s director Edwin Sudarmo said the visiting vice president is interested in the company’s fixed wing CN235 and N250 as well as helicopters. He affirmed a special team will be assigned to Yemen for further talks with its government.
The Yemeni vice president has been visiting Indonesia since August 28 accompanied by Minister of Education and Scientific Research Yahya Ashaibi and Minister of Oil and Mining Toufik Noman.
During his visit, the vice president has met some Indonesian government officials, including Minister for Religious Affairs Said Agil Al Munawar, former Foreign Minister Ali Alatas and Ambassador Yulwis Yatim.
His four-day visit is aimed at strengthening friendly and mutually beneficial relations with Indonesia, according to Yemeni Ambassador to Indonesia Ahmed Salem Saleh.
On the other hand, the embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Sana’a wished in a press release on 27 August that the Yemeni vice president visit would push the to develop and explore more opportunities of cooperation in various fields between the two countries and also to increase exchange of visits by officials of the two friendly countries.