Saleh meets German Economic Cooperation Minister

SANA’A, Jan.09 (Saba)- President Ali Abdullah Saleh met on Sunday with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel, who is currently visiting Yemen , and his accompanying delegation. In the meeting, Saleh and Niebel discussed areas of joint cooperation between Yemen and Germany and the German support for the development and democracy in Yemen. In addition, they touched upon a number of issues related to bilateral relations and cooperation and the meeting of Yemen Friends Group scheduled to be held next month in Riyadh, as well as efforts to combat terrorism. President Saleh praised the level of existing partnership between Yemen and Germany, noting to the Germany’s support for the development and democracy in Yemen within the European Union and Yemen’s Friends Group. He confirmed Yemen’s keenness to strengthen and develop its relations and cooperation with Germany at various levels. For his part, Niebel affirmed his country’s readiness to continue to provide all aspects of support for the development and democracy in Yemen and to double support for the implementation of the five-year plan 2011-2015. He pointed to the remarkable progress made by Yemen in supporting the development efforts and the implementation of the national agenda for reforms. BA