Iraq–Yemen relations

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Iraq–Yemen relations
Map indicating locations of Iraq and Yemen



Iraq–Yemen relations refers to the current and historical relationship between Iraq and Yemen. The two countries enjoy very warm relations. The original connections were religious, but the two countries also had economic, military and political ties. There was a strong element of Iraqi-orientated Ba’athism in north Yemeni politics, and at an international level Yemen constantly aligned itself with Iraq during the Gulf War. Iraq has its embassy in Sana'a while Yemen has its embassy in Baghdad.


Gulf War[edit]

Yemen simultaneously condemned the invasion of Kuwait and opposed Western military intervention, arguing instead for a regional – Arab – solution. In this it differed little from several other “neutral’’ Arab states, but as the only Arab member of the U.N Security Council at the time, Yemen possibly felt it had a special responsibility on behalf of the Arab world. In any event, it was in a uniquely exposed position and its behaviour came under special scrutiny. In the first Security Council vote imposing trade sanctions against Iraq, which was carried on August 6 by 13 votes to nil, Yemen abstained along with Cuba. In a second vote on August 25, allowing military enforcement of the blockade, the voting pattern was the same. Later, Yemen voted against the use of force to recapture Kuwait and its stance was interpreted in the West as evidence of secret support for Saddam, and by Saudi Arabia as nothing less than betrayal. Although Yemen declared that it would observe sanctions (but would not “impede international navigation” by challenging ships suspected of breaking them), Western diplomats questioned its sincerity.[1]


  1. ^ Associated Press, 25 August 1990