Yemen seeks to establish open regional congregation [Archives:2003/650/Front Page]

July 14 2003

President Ali Abdullah Saleh is to pay a state visit to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia in the near future in response to an invitation extended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the 26 September weekly, organ of Yemen Armed Forces said on Thursday. President Saleh is to hold talks with the Ethiopian premier on issues of the Horn of Africa and cooperation between the two nations.
The visit aims also at activating the tripartite meeting which includes Sana'a, Khartoum, and Addis Ababa.
Discussions by the two men is also scheduled to tackle, in addition to issues related to the Horn of Africa, the question of creating an open regional congregation for countries in the region.
Dr. al-Qerbi, Yemen's foreign minister told the 26 September Newspaper that the regional congregation would represent the mainstay for stability in the region and aim at removing and settling disputes in the region.
“It will also pave the way for a free trade market among those countries and will also enhance the economical and commercial partnership,” the foreign minister said.