South Yemen President Salem Robaya Ali arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday (31 July) on a three-day visit to discuss mutual relations between the two countries.
South Yemen President Salem Robaya Ali arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday (31 July) on a three-day visit to discuss mutual relations between the two countries. This is the first official visit to Saudi Arabia by a South Yemen Head of State since relations were normalised between the two neighbours in March, 1976.
SYNOPSIS: The President and his entourage received a warm welcome when the party arrived in the Saudi capital. King Khaled of Saudi Arabia was present at the airport to greet them. President Robaya Ali was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Foreign Minister Mohammed Saleh Mutea and Economy and Planning Minister Abdel-Aziz Abdel-Wali. Among other things, the President was expected to discuss Red Sea security, the situation in the Horn of Africa as well as bilateral relations.
On Monday (1 August) the President had talks with Crown Prince Fahd, the Saudi Minister in the summer capital of Taef. The two leaders discussed various international questions, with special emphasis on the Middle East situation. Meanwhile, Mr Saleh Mutea met his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faysal who said afterwards that a united Arab action was the only way to "realise our objectives." President Robaya Ali's departure came only a few hours after the return to Aden from Moscow of South Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Nasser Mohammed.
South Yemen is the Arabian peninsula's only Leftist state and maintains close ties with the Soviet Union. Its relations with anti-Communist Saudi Arabia had been tense until the Kingdom recognised the Aden government last year.