An agreement on the unification of the (North) Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of (South) Yemen into a single state has been signed between leaders of the neighbouring Gulf States.
SV Gaddafi at airport
SV Abdul Rahman Al-Iryani (North Yemeni) greeted by Gaddafi (2 shots)
SV Ditto receives bouquet
SV The two waiting to receive South Yemeni delegate
SV PAN Salem Robays Ali down steps & greeted by Gaddafi & Abdul Rahman Al-Iryani
SV Three Heads of State across tarmac
SV PAN INT. The three into conference room
SV PAN Delegates at table
SV & GV Gaddafi & the two Yemeni delegates at table (4 shots)
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Background: An agreement on the unification of the (North) Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of (South) Yemen into a single state has been signed between leaders of the neighbouring Gulf States.
The Agreement was settled under the auspices of Libya's President Gaddafi, after several days of talks that ended on Tuesday (28 November).
It was signed by Abdul Rahmon Al-Iryani for North Yemen, and Salem Robaya Ali, ruler of South Yemen.
The two countries had signed a peace accord in Cairo a month earlier, ending three years of intermittent border clashes between them.
The new country will be known as the Yemen Republic, and its flag will be a red, white and black tricolour.
When the state comes into being, it will be second in size only to Saudi Arabia in the Arabian peninsula and gulf area.
With a population of about 6,500,000, it will control the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea.
SYNOPSIS: At Tripoli Airport, Libya's President Gaddafi awaits the arrival of the Head of State of the northern Yemen Arab Republic, Abdul Rahman Al-Iryani for the start of talks aimed at bringing together once more the divided North and South Yemen.
The two leaders wait to greet the Head of State of the southern People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Salem Robaya Ali. The meeting is an important one, with the two Yemeni leaders being brought together by President Gaddafi to work out the implementation of the agreement that they reached a month ago in Cairo.
The three Heads of State enter the conference room to begin the talks that later ended in an agreement on the unification of the two states into a single one.
The new country will be known as the Yemen Republic and its flag will be a red, white and black tricolour. When the States comes into being, it will be the second largest in the Arabian peninsula and gulf area. Only Saudi Arabia will be larger.
With a population of about six-and-a-half million, the new State will control the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea. The talks bringing together the two countries and almost three years of intermittent border clashes that have brought tension. One of the main issues involved is the political nature of the new Yemen and its relations with its neighbours in an area considered vital for the security of the Arab world.