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Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, who is also the Head of the Saudi delegation to the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, and Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Ali Mohamed Mujawwar, who is also the Head of Yemeni delegation to the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, chaired the 19th session of Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council held at the Crown Prince's palace.

At the beginning of the meeting, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz delivered the following speech:

'In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Your Excellency, Dr. Ali Mohamed Mujawwar, Prime Minister of Yemen.

Brothers, Members of the Yemeni delegation to the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council.

Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings. It is my pleasure to welcome you in the Kingdom, while we open the 19th session of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council.

I am pleased to convey to you the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Dear brothers:

As we express our satisfaction at the great achievements accomplished during the course of Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council which exceeded thirty-five years, we are sure that the ties of faith, neighborhood, kinship and common destiny between our two countries and people require us to redouble our efforts to achieve the aspirations of the wise leadership.

'We are confident that the concerned authorities in the two countries will continue working with determination on realizing our common objectives, particularly the comprehensive security of both countries which is an integral part of the objectives.

Dear brothers:

The events in Yemen whose effects reached the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have caused us pain.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques hoped not to shed blood, and that all powers be directed to building schools, institutes and hospitals to improve education, health and living standards of the citizens of both countries. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques made it clear that there is no room for complacency with whoever intends to tamper with the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We pray to Allah Almighty to protect the sons of our people from destructive ideas which are alien to our societies and not related to Islam. We also pray to Allah Almighty to guide the sons of our people to the right path and not become instruments of destruction in the hands of those who do not want good for them or for their countries.

Dear brothers:

The agreements to be signed in the fields of development, health, education, tourism and social insurance are an evidence of the great support and care given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and President Ali Abdullah Saleh to the Council in accordance with scientific mechanisms and methodologies that aim at creating an appropriate environment for achieving sustainable development.

The meeting of donor countries held in Riyadh this week comes to confirm the Kingdom's keenness on the continuation of development process in Yemen, and its work to mobilize international support for Yemen.

In conclusion, I thank the committees of the Council for their efforts in preparing and following-up the session as well as the concerned authorities in our countries for their efforts to implement what was agreed upon at previous meetings of this Council. I also would like to acknowledge the positive role of the private sector in both countries. We look forward to more joint industrial and trade projects.

I pray to Allah Almighty to bless our two brotherly countries with security, prosperity and stability.

Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.

For his part, the Yemeni Prime Minister thanked Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz for the invitation to the 19th session of the Council in Riyadh and thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the warm welcoming and generous hospitality.

The Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council held its 19th session, held under the co-chairmanship of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier, Defense and Aviation Minister and Inspector General, and Yemeni Premier Dr Ali Mohammed Mujawwar, said a joint communiqué issued following the meeting in which it said the two sides reiterated the importance of respecting Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and independence as well as preserving its Arab and Islamic identity. ‘But, they urged the Iraqi government to exert additional efforts for realizing national reconciliation.'

The two sides hailed the efforts exerted by the Arab League in this respect and urged the Arab League to continue in exerting efforts in this regard.

The two sides also reaffirmed the stand of the GCC member states as regards discarding terrorism in all its forms irrespective of its causes, the Communiquéأ© said.

On the Iranian nuclear issue, the two sides emphasized their commitment to the principles announced by the GCC and the international law pertaining to respect of international legitimacy and settlement of disputes through peaceful means.

They also urged Iran to continue dialogue with the international community and confirmed the importance of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The two countries confirmed the right of the countries of the region to the usage of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the standards of IAEA and voiced support to the efforts that aim at making the middle east free from weapons of mass-destruction including the nuclear weapons.

As regards the situation in Somalia, the two sides urged the conflicting parties there to work for reconciliation and preserving the unity of the Somali territories as well as putting an end to the Somalia problem.

As regards piracy, the two sides expressed anxiety over the recent piracy activities at the Somalia's shores and warned against their adverse impact on the freedom of international navigation.

The two sides underscored the importance of tackling this dangerous phenomenon through international efforts under the supervision of the UN taking into account the importance of rejecting any negotiation with the pirates involved in these activities.

The two sides welcomed the existing cooperation between the foreign ministries in two countries in line with the MOU signed in Jeddah on June 19, 2002, and the executive program signed in Sana’a on July 6, 2003.

In the security domain, the two sides welcomed the existing cooperation between the two countries in the security domain within the framework of the security cooperation agreement signed in Jeddah on July 27, 1996.

The two sides welcomed cooperation in the field of combating drugs smuggling and fighting terrorisms well as coordination for putting an end to the phenomenon of infiltrators across the Yemeni borders to the Kingdom.

They agreed that Naif Arab University, in cooperation with Sana’a university will study the phenomena of smuggling children.

In the development field the two sides agreed to finance development projects in Yemen.

The agreements in this regard included the following:

- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for an amount of SR 187 million to finance the fifth energy project.

- A MoU to grant SR 150 million to the project of water and sewage in urban cities.

- A grant agreement with a sum of SR 75 million to finance the project of al-Jadeeda central hospital.

- A grant agreement with an amount of SR 18 million to finance the project of workshops and laboratories at faculties of engineering and education in Taiz.

The Two sides lauded the agreements concluded after the 18th session of the Saudi Yemeni Coordination Council. These included the following:

- A grant agreement for the project of Social Fund with an amount of SR 375 million.

- A grant agreement for the project of public works with a sum of SR 281.25 million.

- A grant agreement for the project of rural roads with an amount of SR 187.5 million.

- A grant agreement with SR 798.75 million for a Dual-Track Road project.

- A loan agreement of SR 400 million for financing another road project.

- A grant agreement of SR 17.25 million for contribution to program of fighting malaria.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni side expressed appreciation for the humanitarian assistance extended by the Kingdom to Yemen including:

-Donation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in the name of the Kingdom to Yemeni people and government amounting to SR 375 million to face the disaster caused by floods in Hadramaut and al-Mahara in 2008 in addition to sending quantities of food materials and medical supplies.

Saudi Arabia's donation of SR 3,750,000 to UNHCR as its commitment to support programs of sheltering the displaced in Yemeni areas bordering the Kingdom.

- Receiving 2711 tons of dates provided by Saudi Arabia to World Food Program in Yemen for the Years 1429/1430 H.

- Receiving 300 tons of dates provided by the Kingdom in 1429 H.

- Receiving Medical supplies dedicated to fighting locusts at the cost of SR 6,600,000.

- Saudi Approval to support a project of marine pollution response in Hudaida at the cost of 1,875,000 riyals.

- The Saudi side welcomed Yemeni side's desire to benefit from the Saudi experience in using automatic system of receiving fees. This will be accomplished through a visit by a number of Yemeni specialists to the Kingdom to know the system used in this regard. The Saudi and Yemeni Ministries of Finances shall coordinate in this regard.

The Yemeni side has been informed that the Kingdom has paid its full share to study the feasibility of admitting Yemen to Inter-Gulf Railways project to Secretariat-General.

Customs Co-operation:

The two sides welcomed the outcome of the minutes of the second meeting of custom cooperation committee of customs directors general in the two countries which took place in Jeddah on 15-16 Ramadan, 1430 H. They agreed to activate what has been agreed on and to continue meetings between custom officials of the two countries to improve and consolidate custom cooperation.

The Saudi side informed the Yemeni side that the Kingdom has begun trial operation of ray scanning systems at the Saudi customs checkpoints adjacent to the Yemeni customs for checking trucks and refrigerator trucks. Consequently, the Yemeni refrigerator trucks can reach their final destination inside the Kingdom easily.

Fourth, in the field commerce and industry:

1- The two sides expressed satisfaction for the continuing growth of bilateral trade which resulted from the mechanisms and organizations frameworks adopted by the Council.

2- The two sides welcomed what has been approved in minutes of meetings by the Saudi-Yemeni technical commercial team to study commodities' flow between the two countries (the fifth, sixth and seventh) that took place in the city of Sana'a on 7-9, Jan. 2008, in Jeddah on 15-17. Sep. 2008 and in Sana'a on 6-8, Jun. 2009. The two sides were asked to continue their cooperation to serve mutual trade.

3- In the framework of the two countries' efforts to facilitate trade between the two countries, hold mutual functions among businessmen and continue efforts by the public and private sectors in this regard, the Saudi and Yemeni ministers of commerce and industry and representatives of governmental and private sectors held a joint meeting in Jeddah on 24, 6, 2009. on the sidelines of this meeting, the second meeting of Saudi-Yemeni Joint Business Council was held. They stressed activation of the agreed on mechanisms by the Saudi-Yemeni technical commercial team to solve all difficulties that may face their exports including immediate coordination by the heads of the two sides of the team and the concerned authorities to remove any obstacle hindering their exports.

4- The two sides expressed satisfaction at appointment of a Saudi commercial attachأ© in Yemen beginning from 29, 6, 2009 to boost bilateral commercial cooperation. The Office of the Attachأ© was opened in conjunction with the functions of the first meeting of the preparatory committee of the 19th session.

5- The two sides reaffirmed the importance of direct cooperation between their two private sectors through intensifying reciprocal visits of businessmen, holding trade fairs and orientations on their respective exports alternately, and promote Joint Businessmen Council in order to serve mutual trade and investment.

6- The two sides stressed the importance of benefit by the private sectors in the two countries from the available finance mechanisms in the Saudi Development Fund and Islamic Development Bank to increase volume of trade between them.

7- Within the framework of cooperation between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its counterpart in Yemen concerning World Trade Organization, the Saudi negotiation team met their Yemeni counterparts in the city of Riyadh during the period 3-7/1/1430 H. A team of specialists visited the General Department of Intellectual Property Protection of the Yemeni Ministry of Industry and Commerce visited the kingdom during the month of Muharram 1431 H. corresponding to December 2009 G. They met specialists at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and relevant authorities. They were briefed on the Saudi experience in this field. A number of steps were approved for serving the accession of Yemen to the World Trade Organization and relevant regional organizations. Agreement was also reached on continuing technical support and advice for the Yemeni negotiation side at the final negotiation phases.

8- The two sides welcomed cooperation between the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization and its Yemeni counterpart and the training of a number of Yemenis in addition to those who were accepted for training at the laboratories of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization. The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization expressed willingness to train Yemeni technicians according to available courses at the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization.

9- The two sides welcomed the results of the sixth meeting of the joint ministerial follow-up committee of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council which was held in the city of Sana’a on 17 Thu Alqida 1429 H. corresponding to 15 November 2008 G.

10- The two sides welcomed statement by the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council in its 29th session which was held in the city of Muscat during the period 29-30 December 2008 on Yemen's accession to some GCC commissions and establishments including the GCC Standardization Commission and the GCC Organization for Industrial Consultations.

Fifth - Education:

1- Agreeing to extend the executive program of educational cooperation for the years (2010-2012), where 100 scholarships awarded to Yemeni students, males and females, to study at Teacher's Colleges have been shifted to Education Faculties within Saudi universities attached to Ministry of Higher Education.

2- An Executive program for cultural cooperation between the University of King Saud in Riyadh and University of Taiz has been signed, and a memorandum of cooperation between the University of King Saud in Riyadh and the University of Aden has been signed, also, by director of the University of King Saud, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Osman and director of the University of Taiz, Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Al-Sufi and the Rector of the University of Aden, Dr. Abdulaziz Salih bin Habtour.

Sixth - Health:

1- A memorandum of cooperation has been signed between the two countries by Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rubaya for the Saudi side and Minister of Finance, Dr. Numan Tahir Al-Sihaibi for Yemeni side.

2- The Yemeni side extended gratitude for donation by the Crown Prince, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General to build a teaching hospital and a tumor centre at University of Hadramaut for Sciences and Technology in Al-Mukalla, during his visit to Mukalla on 1, 6, 2006, and the Yemeni side expressed desire for the Kingdom to organize training courses for a number of Yemeni physicians, technicians and administrators at King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh to run this university hospital, and the Saudi side welcomed that. The two Ministries of Health of the two countries shall coordinate for this purpose later.

3- The Yemeni side expressed appreciation for continued visits by Saudi specialized medical teams' to Yemen to cure and follow up difficult cases in Yemen in addition to Kingdom's provision of medical grants to treat Yemeni patients in its hospitals.

4- The Yemeni side hailed medical services offered by Assalam Hospital in Saada and the Saudi Hospital in Hajjah, Yemen, and the support, operating and running of these two hospitals by Saudi Arabia, as well as, the kingdom's approval of providing a lump sum of 50,000,000 Saudi riyals for operating and running of the Hospital of Aden for the next coming 5 years.

5- The two sides valued efforts by the Saudi and Yemeni Ministries Health in the field of fighting Malaria and Bilharzia.

6- The Yemeni side expressed thanks for the support provided by the kingdom as a grant to the Malaria fighting program in Yemen with a value of 4,5000,000 Saudi riyals.

Seventh - In the field of youth and sports:

The two sides expressed satisfaction for the signing of the executive program of the cooperation agreement in the field of youth and sports for the years 2008/2010 G.

Eight - In the field of gas and mineral resources:

The two sides expressed satisfaction for the results of the first meeting which was held in Sana’a during the period from 7-9 April 2008 between geological survey authorities of the two countries to follow up the implementation of cooperation in the field of geology.

The Yemeni side expressed gratitude for the Saudi grant of 30,000 metric tons of liquefied petroleum gas.

Ninth - In the field of agriculture, fish and biodiversity:

The two sides welcomed the activation of articles of the agreement in the field of fish resources.

Tenth - in the field of culture and information:

The two sides agreed on renewal of the media executive program for the years 2010-2012.

The Yemeni side expressed appreciation for the support provided in the field of training Yemeni media people in the kingdom.

11th - in the field of water and electricity:

The two sides agreed to form a working team from concerned authorities in this field to discuss mutual cooperation, enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of water through exchanging information and successful experiments in integrated management of water such as rain sources and surface water management and to reduce underground water pollution.

12th - Demining Support:

The Yemeni side expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia's support over three years in phases for the Yemeni Council Program for Demining that cost SR 5,625,000.

13th - in the field of tourism and antiquities:

An agreement has been reached to activate the executive program for cooperation in tourism field. Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.

14th - in the field of twinning of Saudi technical colleges and Yemeni community colleges:

An agreement has been reached in this field to coordinate in this regard between the Saudi technical education and vocational training corporation and Yemeni Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training.

15th - in the field of social insurance:

A memorandum of understanding for cooperation has been signed in social security field between the two countries.

In conclusion:

The Yemeni Premier Dr. Ali Mohammad Mujawwar, the head of the Yemeni side of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The premier expressed thanks for hospitality the Yemeni side received and for efforts exerted by the kingdom to make the 19th session successful.

The premier looked forward to receiving Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and members of the Saudi side of the Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council in the next 20th session in Yemen next year.