By News Agencies,
The Eritrean Minister for Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed and a high-ranking accompanying delegation arrived on Friday to the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to discuss the bilateral relations and cooperation with neighboring Yemen.
Osman was received on Saturday by the Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi at the Presidential Palace in Sana’a. During the meeting, they reviewed topics of common concern between the two countries, topped by the bilateral relationships and horizons to promote the existing cooperation, the official Saba news agency reported.
Osman conveyed Hadi a written letter from the Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki , in which he expressed his happiness that Yemen has made tangible progress in its political scene and chose the peaceful way of resolving the one-year political crisis, according to Saba. For his part, Hadi has told Osman to convey his best regards to President Afewerki and praised the special, historic relations his country shares with Eritrea.
Last week, Eritrean maritime boats have attacked four boats that belong to Yemeni fishermen in the international territorial water. As they attempted to force the four boats into their shores, three boats managed to escape with Eritrean naval soldier on board. However, the Eritrean maritime forces managed to seize the fourth boat and take four Yemeni fishermen as captive. Later on that day, the Eritrean authorities said they would keep the four Yemeni fishermen until the soldier is released. Its expected that the file of the Yemeni fishermen and the held soldier was being touched upon in the meeting.
Among the attendances were Yemeni ambassador to Eritrea Abdul-Kader Mohammed al-Hadi, and the Eritrean ambassador to Sana’a Mosa Yassin Shiek al-Din.
Osman further held talks here on Saturday with his Yemeni counterpart Abu Baker al-Qiribi. During the meeting, the two ministers discussed the relations between the two countries. Osman has applauded the peaceful way Yemen has chosen it its transfer of power that has averted Yemen an imminent conflict.
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President Hadi Receives Letter From Eritrean President
President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi received here on Saturday a letter from President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea.
The letter handed over by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh included heartfelt congratulations to President Hadi and the Yemeni people on the success of overcoming the last year crisis.
In his letter, Afewerki wished to achieve more progress in the subsequent phase of the Gulf initiative that are supported the Security Council resolution 2014.
At the meeting, Hadi accented that the relations between Yemen and Eritrea are historical and will be strengthened according to the common interests of the two neighboring countries.
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Foreign Minister Meets Eritrean Counterpart
Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi met here on Saturday with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh.
During the meeting, al-Qirbi and Saleh discussed the cooperation relations between Yemen and Eritrea and ways of enhancing them, as well as the latest developments in the region.
The Eritrean Foreign Minister praised Yemen’s way to resolve the political crisis that has undergone over the last year.
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Yemeni President Urges Eritrea to Release Detainees
Yemeni President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi called on the Eritrean authorities to release Yemeni soldiers who are held in Eritrean jails since three years.
During his meeting with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, who left Sanaa earlier on Saturday after paying a short visit to Yemen, President Hadi has requested to set free lieutenant colonel Adel Abdullah Al-Shar’abi and the soldiers Ibrahim Saleh and Othman Abdullah, Yemeni News Agency said.
The three detainees were arrested when they were sailing in a small boat and lost their way outside the territorial waters inadvertently.
Yemeni Minstry of Defense announced that the three personnel were missing in January 2010, after the change of sea-condition where waves pushed their boat to an Eritrean island near Sudan.