Qatar says it opposes internationalization of the Yemen unity issue as calls for secession are getting louder in the country’s south

July 14, 2010

Qatar and Yemen leaders at their bilateral talks in Sanaa - QNA

Qatar said that it opposed the internationalization of the Yemen unity issue and offered to help in safeguarding territorial integrity as calls for secession are getting louder in the country’s south.

“Qatar does not accept the internationalization of what is happening in Yemen and opposes anyone who thinks of giving the issue international dimensions,” Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Emir, said after talks with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa. “What is happening in the Sudan for instance is a result of the internationalization of the South issue, and regretfully, many Arab parties have contributed to that,” he said, quoted by Qatar News Agency (QNA).

Shaikh Hamad who made a one-day visit to Yemen said that Yemen and Qatar had agreed to try to revive a Qatari-mediated peace agreement with northern Yemeni Houthi rebels.

“We would be happy to take part in finding a solution that helps the survival of Yemen’s unity. We are always with the Yemenis in their problems and we support the efforts of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to find a solution,” he said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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