Yemeni-Saudi Agreement to Fight Terrorism [Archives:2001/44/Front Page]
The Yemeni-Saudi Committee entrusted with implementing the Jeddah Border Treaty concluded its meetings last Tuesday after reaching an agreement to enhance security cooperation for countering terrorism. The final communique of the periodic meeting, which was chaired by Dr. Rashed al-Alemi, Yemeni Interior Minister for the Yemeni side and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Interior Minister for the Saudi side. The interior ministers of the two countries confirmed the uniformity of viewpoints of the two countries and condemned terrorism in its different forms, stressing the necessity of distinguishing between terrorism and the right of the Palestinian people in their struggle against the Israeli occupiers.
The Saudi Interior Minister said that he hoped that Yemen and Saudi Arabia were on the right track regarding Arab issues, particularly the Palestinian cause. However, the Yemen Interior Minister has confirmed that his talks with his Saudi counterpart have dealt with all security issues and verified the implementation of the border treaty according to schedule, adding that the stance of the two countries regarding terrorism is clear, which is that it should be wiped out completely. Local observers told the Yemen Times that negotiations between the two sides did not tackle several issues supposed to be high on the agenda, like the demarcation of land outlets, mapping of the border lines, and the issue of Yemeni immigrants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It is worth mentioning that the Yemeni-Saudi relations have vigorously improved following the signing of the Jeddah Border Treaty on October 12, 2000. Similarly, many trade, investment and security agreements have been signed by the two countries.