Yemen’s flag to join GCC’s [Archives:2003/662/Local News]

August 25 2003

Sana'a, August 23 – The flag of the Republic of Yemen is to be hoisted up in a celebration ceremony expected to be held by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Tawfiq Khowjah told the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA).
“Organizing the celebration has come as a faithful translation for the Gulf health ministers' welcome to Yemen's accession to some of the GCC organizations and institutions in accordance with the decision taken by the GCC leaders in the 22nd summit held in Masqat in December in 2001,” Mr. Khowjah noted.
“This positive step is considered to be a symbol of the bonds and fraternity established between the GCC states and the Republic of Yemen,” he added.
The celebration is to be attended by a number of GCC health ministers along with the Yemeni health minister Mr. Mohamed A-Nomi.
During the 22nd summit, the GCC leaders agreed to Yemen's accession to four institutions affiliated to the GCC along with executive office for the Gulf health ministers.
Yemen is ambitious to get a full membership in the GCC. However, it is quite clear that there are several prerequisites to be fulfilled before this could happen.