Ebrahim meets Yemen ambassador

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pretoria - Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, met with Yemeni Ambassador Ali Al-Ghaffari in Pretoria on Tuesday to discuss the political conditions in that country.

During the meeting, Ebrahim emphasised South Africa's principled position that conflict should be resolved through a process of dialogue. He was encouraged to learn about a proposed National Dialogue in Yemen, which is expected to be chaired by the chairperson of Yemen's Consultative Council.

The deputy minister said that government supports the unity and stability of Yemen based on equality, freedom and development of all its people.

He said that a deterioration of the current situation would have wider ramifications, particularly for the countries on the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yemen, Dr Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi, is expected to visit South Africa in the near future following an invitation from Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

The visit will present an opportunity for further high-level engagement on developments in Yemen and the region.