Yemeni-German talks to be held in May,Increase in German annual support for Yemen [Archives:2005/837/Business & Economy]

April 28 2005

The German government has decided to increase its support for Yemen through raising the total German annual support for the Yemeni Republic to 40 million euros at both official and government levels. Yemeni-German annual talks are to be held next May to discuss relations of bilateral cooperation. The talks would include technological, social and financial areas.

The German ambassador to Sana'a said that the talks would discuss all German-funded projects under construction in Yemen and stage of accomplishment in addition to the discussion of new projects to be implemented in the near future through cooperation of both sides.

The German ambassador has made it clear that raising the German support comes within the frame of development of Yemeni-German relations that have been enhanced by the visit of the German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to Sana'a last March.

That visit was followed by other high-level exchanged visits to both Sana'a and Berlin, explaining that there was an intensified and close coordination regarding various issues of interest to both countries.

The German ambassador has also praised the democratic development in Yemen, saying Yemen has followed the right course to democracy and taken big steps towards it, adding it is in need of continued consolidation. He has also extolled the positive participation of the Yemeni women in the political process, political parties and other Yemeni organisations interest in enhancement that participation in future.

The German ambassador expressed appreciation of the German government for Yemen's efforts in the field of fighting terror and the results that have been attained. He pointed out to the existing cooperation between Yemen and Germany in security area for the success of fighting the organized crime and terrorism.