Yemeni-Saudi Relationship Towards Progress and Development [Archives:2001/44/Focus]

October 22 2001

Emad Al-Saqqaf
Taiz Bureau Chief
The 22nd of June was not only a historical and memorable day, it was also a stepping-stone for establishing strong ties and a better future for Arab relations, enhancing the importance of settling disputes among the Arab States using peaceful means and putting aside disagreements. The Yemenis and Saudis have produced miracles of using exemplary civilized behavior to settle disputes using logical policies. They have achieved a resounding victory in terms of establishing strong ties for the two sisterly countries. This relation cannot be firmly established unless we take into consideration economic cooperation, as the Prime Minister Mr. Abdulkader Bajammal said that the economic relationship will be able to flourish and prosper when the political hindrances are removed. Accordingly, the Jeddah Treaty is a turning point for a prosperous and successful beginning between these two countries. Signing the Jeddah Border Treaty on June 12, 2000, Sana’a and Riyadh were able to overcome all the obstacles and tension dominating relations between the two countries over 60 years. This has actually opened doors and created a conducive atmosphere for a new era of cooperation and partnership in various fields. This was translated into action by the leadership of the two countries. Research by the Yemen Times maintains that since signing the Yemeni-Saudi border treaty, a new page has been opened in the relations between the two countries. The agreement restored the strong historic ties for the benefit of people in the two countries.
The economic relationship is of great importance for building up a sound infrastructure in all aspects of life such as roads, electricity, transportation, telecommunication, health, education, and the initiation of real investment serving the people of the two countries. We are glad to hear that the Saudi newspaper has published news articles saying that the Saudi Government has granted scholarships to Yemeni students. Such visits will help promote bilateral cooperation among businessmen of the two countries. This is a good step towards opening up a new horizon for education relations. So now, we are waiting impatiently for informative cooperation and experience exchanges in all aspects of life.
It is obvious that the Jeddah Land and
Sea Border Treaty has broken all barriers standing in the face of developing relations between the two countries. It has also produced a good opportunity for businessmen from both countries to establish ties and invest freely with no restraints.