Syria–Yemen relations

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Syrian – Yemeni relations
Map indicating locations of Syria and Yemen

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Syria–Yemen relations refers to the current and historical relationship between Syria and Yemen. The two countries generally enjoy good relations.

History[edit]

In January 2007 Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul Qadir Bajamal arrived in Damascus for a three-day visit and meetings of the joint Syrian-Yemeni Higher Committee to boost the two countries' bilateral cooperation.[1]

In May 2008 The Yemeni-Syrian Higher Joint Committee held a meeting in Sana'a, co-chaired by Yemen’s Prime Minister Dr. Ali Muhammad Mujawar and his Syrian counterpart Muhammad Naji al-Otari. The two states affirmed their firm support for the establishment of security and peace in the Middle East.[2]

The 10th session of the Yemeni–Syrian Higher Committee concluded in August 2010 with the signing of 14 documents including cooperation agreements, programs and protocols.[3]

On the 20th anniversary of the Yemeni unification, Yemeni Ambassador in Damascus Abdel-Wahhab Tawaf said the united Yemen was an example for the inter-Arab relations as they should be, adding that this unity enabled Yemen to play its pan-Arab role aiming at enhancing joint Arab action and cooperation with brotherly countries. Tawwaf hailed Syria's supportive stances to Yemen's stability and security, adding he is proud of President Bashar al-Assad's efforts regarding pan-Arab issues and strengthening Arab partnership ties.[4]

In February 2011 Yemen and Syria talked on the possibility of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in fields of theater and cinema. Culture Minister Mohammad al-Maflahi and Syrian ambassador to Yemen Abdul Ghafor Sabouni reviewed means to send Syrian trainers for training Yemeni cadres in areas of script writing, directing film and theater.

Syrian civil war[edit]

Further information: Syrian civil war

Yemen is currently showing unconditional support to the Syrian government, and is one of the few Arab countries that has supported President Bashar al-Assad. In addition, Yemeni Shiite militias, such as Houthis have also showed support for Assad and has sent militiamen to Syria to fight for the government. Besides Lebanon, Yemen was the only Arab league member to absent on a vote to expel Syria from the respective organization. In February 2012 Yemeni Opposition Parliament member Mohammed Nassar al-Hazmi described the step taken by GCC states in expelling Syrian ambassadors and withdrawing Gulf diplomats from Syria as a good and positive, demanding that the Yemeni government to take a similar procedure and expel the Syrian ambassador in Yemen.[5] One month later, in March 2012 a diplomat of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the Yemeni government could ask the Syrian Ambassador to leave Yemen. Also, Yemeni protesters have been taking to streets, condemning what they dubbed as massacres committed by the Syrian regime against the Syrian people, demanding the Yemeni government to immediately expel the Syrian Ambassador.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yemeni prime minister in Damascus for talks"
  2. ^ yobserver, May 13, 2008
  3. ^ Yemen, Syria sign 14 cooperation agreements, Yobserver
  4. ^ Yemeni Ambassador in Damascus: Relations with Syria Ever-developing", Sana news agency, May 21, 2012
  5. ^ "Yemeni MP demands similar procedure Gulf states expel Syrian ambassadors", Yemen Fox
  6. ^ "Yemen government considers expelling Syrian Ambassador", Yemen Post