MOSCOW- President Ali Abdullah Saleh met on Wednesday in the Russian capital, Moscow, with Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin.
The two sides discussed the bilateral relations and areas of joint cooperation and means of boosting them at the political, economic, cultural, and military and security levels, as well as developments of regional and international situations, including the situations in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa and efforts to combat terrorism and maritime piracy.
In addition to, they dealt with the Russian investments in Yemen and ways to increase them, especially in areas of energy, oil, minerals, fisheries and other.
Putin pointed out that the Russian-Yemeni relations are strong friendship relations, affirming the Russia's desire to boost them in the various fields and expand the joint cooperation, especially in the Russian investments areas in fields of oil, minerals and energy.
He reiterated his country's solidarity with Yemen to maintain Yemen's security, stability and unity, pointing out that Yemen can relay on Russia as a faithful friend, particularly to face any challenges related to combating terrorism, or prejudice to the unity of Yemen.
For his part, President Saleh praised the Yemeni-Russian historical relations, confirming Yemen's keenness to boost areas of bilateral cooperation at all levels so as to achieve the common interests of both Yemeni and Russian peoples.
Saleh also commended the Russia's supportive position to Yemen's security, stability and unity as well as its role within Yemen's Friends Group and its assists to the displaced people due to the insurgency war in the province of Saada.
"Russia has been always by Yemen in different circumstances", said Saleh.After the meeting, Putin accompanied President Saleh at the opening of the Modern Technology Exhibition for 2010, where he saw models of the Russian industries in the military and technical fields.
President Saleh arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for a few-day visit to Russia.