Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz left Sana'a today after a state visit to the Republic of Yemen, during which he participated in the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of that country's unification. Upon his departure, Crown Prince Abdullah sent a cable of thanks to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, saying his visit was an occasion for securing the ties of religion, blood, and neighborliness that bind the two countries, and wishing every happiness and success to him and progress and prosperity to the people of Yemen.
Earlier today, after attending the national festival and youth, military and model show on the occasion of the anniversary, Crown Prince Abdullah held a closed-door meeting with President Saleh, to whom he conveyed greetings from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and the people of Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, they reviewed the global situation, and especially the Middle East situation. In a statement on his arrival in Sana'a yesterday, Crown Prince Abdullah referred to Saudi-Yemeni relations as deep-rooted, saying he and his delegation had come to share in Yemen's happiness. He went on to state: "Our strength derives from the fact that we are the grandsons of those who defended Arab and Islamic history at times when the light of Islam shone in a dark world and the banner of monotheism held high all over the world."