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Prince Saud’s talks in Yemen cover terrorism issues

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal paid a visit to Sana’a today to deliver a message from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Salih. Prince Saud also met with Yemeni Prime Minister Abdulqader Bajamal. Today’s official Saudi-Yemeni talks were held under the co-chairmanship of Prince Saud and his Yemeni counterpart Dr. Abu Bakr Al-Kurbi.

In a press statement, Prince Saud commented that under discussion were all issues of mutual concern, including coordination on matters to be submitted to the forthcoming Arab Summit in Tunisia, and in particular the measures taken by the two countries to combat terrorism. Prince Saud confirmed the determination of both the Saudi and the Yemeni leaderships on cementing bilateral relations; reiterated the Arab desire for settlement of the Palestinian problem under the umbrella of the United Nations; and declared that ideas and proposals presented for reforming the Arab situation do not reflect foreign pressure. Arab governments, he said, are advancing towards reform in a way that preserves the national unity of each Arab country.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has announced that eight Yemeni suspects detained in the Kingdom in connection with security issues were extradited to Yemen today, and five Saudi citizens detained in Yemen were handed over to Saudi Arabia. The extradition comes within the framework of the cooperation that exists between the two countries.