Saturday, 20 June 2015

President El Sisi Meets the Vice President and Prime Minister of Yemen


The following is a statement from Ittihadiya released on Friday, 19 June 2015:

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Thursday with the Vice President and Prime Minister of Yemen Khaled Bahah.

Mr. Bahah conveyed the greetings of the President of Yemen Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to President El Sisi, commending the political and economic progress Egypt has made both domestically and within the Arab region, while wishing it further success. The Yemeni Vice President also stressed the importance of close coordination between Egypt and Yemen, in light of the fact that Arab national security is intrinsically linked to the security of the Red Sea, from the Bab El Mandeb strait to the Suez Canal.

President El Sisi noted that Egypt is closely monitoring developments in Yemen and in the region as a whole. The President underscored the need to find a political settlement to the crisis in Yemen and to preserve the country’s unity and territorial integrity. President El Sisi also stressed the need to support the role of Yemen’s army in restoring security and stability, adding that it should be a national force that is not based on ethnic or sectarian considerations.

The Vice President of Yemen reviewed developments in Yemen over the course of the past two years, including the national dialogue held by the Yemeni government with the assistance of neighboring Gulf countries, the conclusion of the draft constitution and the coup by Houthi militias, supported by some regional parties, that has derailed Yemen’s political transition. He stressed the importance of Arab solidarity in the face of such threats and praised the proposal to establish of a Joint Arab Force that will help restore security and stability to the region and restore the balance of power.

Mr. Bahah noted that the Yemeni government’s participation in the Geneva conference stems from a genuine desire to realize a permanent peace and reach a humanitarian truce in accordance with the outcomes of the national dialogue. He wished the conference success in securing peace and progress for Yemen.

He added that Egypt is a gateway for Yemen’s stability and is held in high regard by the people of Yemen. He stressed the importance of joint cooperation between the two countries on all political and economic levels. President El Sisi affirmed Egypt’s support for Yemen, saying it stands by the Yemeni people and is ready to offer all manner of assistance to Yemen until security and stability are restored.

It was agreed that the Joint Committee between the two countries should be activated in order to enhance bilateral relations at all levels.

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