Yemenis Pay Tribute to the Late King Hussein A Man Who Commanded the Respect of All [Archives:1999/07/Front Page]

February 15 1999

The Yemeni people invariably expressed feelings of immense grief at the passing away of His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan. In the media, in public gatherings, and in private homes, the mood was somber. The number of Yemenis who have visited the Jordanian Embassy in Sanaa to pay tribute to the late king has hit record levels. Ordinary people stood patiently in long lines in order to offer their condolences.
“I am very touched by the deep and spontaneous feelings of the Yemeni people,” said Mr. Fuad Al-Batayeneh, Ambassador of Jordan in Sanaa. “I would like to thank H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh for his gracious condolences. He is the only leader who personally came to welcome home the ailing King a few days earlier, and he came back for the funeral,” Mr. Batayneh added.
The Yemeni leader and people also used the occasion to congratulate the new monarch, King Abdullah II.