x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Yemen's president seeks to strengthen ties with UAE

Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi, on his first official visit to the UAE, is seeking to strengthen political and economic ties between the countries.

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, receives the President of Yemen, Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, who is on his first official visit to the Emirates.
UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, receives the President of Yemen, Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, who is on his first official visit to the Emirates.

ABU DHABI // Yemen’s president yesterday thanked the UAE for its humanitarian and development aid contributions.

On his first official visit to the country, Abdrabu Mansur Hadi met Sheikh Khalifa, the President, to discuss ways to strengthen ties between the two countries.

The UAE’s Red Crescent Authority donated about Dh200 million last year to Yemen, its biggest recipient of aid. This year Sheikh Khalifa ordered Dh500m to be spent on food for Yemenis.

The Government’s contribution was in addition to the Dh292 million that UAE donors had already given last year. Last month, a US$10 million UAE-sponsored hospital offering services to women and children for nominal fees opened in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

The six storey Sheikh Zayed Maternity and Children's Hospital has a capacity of 270 beds and was built on a 7,500sqm plot of land in Al Rawda area, north of Sanaa, on a budget gifted by the Sheikh Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation.

"We are interested in seeing Yemen enter a new stage of growth and prosperity backed with cohesion among all its people," Sheikh Khalifa said as part of the talks, which were held at Al Dhiyafa-Mushrif Palace in the capital. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was also in attendance.

"The government and people of the UAE back the implementation of reconciliation among all Yemeni parties in order to enjoy peace, stability and growth which contributes to the renaissance of Yemen."

Mr Hadi was sworn in on February 25 this year after winning a single-candidate election. He previously served as vice president under Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down under a deal brokered by the GCC in return for immunity from prosecution.

Mr Hadi is heading a two-year transitional government.

Yesterday, he briefed Sheikh Khalifa on the steps taken by his country to implement the GCC initiative aimed at establishing political stability in the country, the state news agency Wam reported.

During the talks, the two leaders discussed political, trade and economic relations between the UAE and Yemen. Sheikh Khalifa and Mr Hadi also exchanged views on the latest regional and international development.

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