Yemen- Vatican Relations, Consolidated [Archives:2000/12/Local News]
Yemen- Vatican relations are witnessing good development. For the first time in the history of the two friendly countries’ relations, they exchange permanent diplomatic representatives.
His Excellency Jiuseppe De Andrea, the charge d’ Affaires of the Holy See had on the 4th of March, 2000 presented his credentials as Vatican diplomatic representative to Yemen’s foreign minister Abdul Kader Bajammal. Mr De Andrea was accompanied by Bishop Bernard Gremoli, the Apostolic Vicar of the Arabian Peninsula.
During the credentials presentation ceremony the Vatican’s Charge D’Affaires reiterated expressions of high esteem and best wishes of His Holiness Pope John Paul II for president Ali Abdulla Saleh, the government and the people of Yemen, expressing his satisfaction and sincere appreciation for the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the republic of Yemen and the Holy See, which certainly will be instrumental in strengthening the cordial relationship between the two states.
Yemen’s foreign minister Abdul Kader Bajammal gave very warm welcome to the Vatican diplomats and reiterated great esteem and honour that president Ali Abdulla Saleh, the government and the people of Yemen have for His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
The republic of Yemen had already appointed its ambassador to Vatican Mr Mohy A. Al-Dhabbi, Yemen’s ambassador to Germany, who presented his credentials to His Holiness the Pope in July 1999.