Source: Saba, 23/09/2010
New York- Foreign Ministers of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have held talks here with Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi over the agenda of Yemen Friends' meeting, which will be held on Friday in New York. After the meeting, al-Qirbi said that the consultations tackled ways to bolster the development and economic support offered by Yemen friends to enable Yemen face current challenges that hamper development, such as poverty, unemployment, terrorism and extremism.
He said the ministers agreed that Saudi Arabia would later host ministerial meetings in time deems appropriate by Sana'a. The Yemen friends include the GCC, EU, US, Russia, Japan, Canada, Turkey and major international organisations. ‘’They have also explored means as to how to support the construction of infrastructure in Yemen, and countering terrorism and extremism’’, added the Yemeni Minister.
On Yemen's joining the GCC, al-Qirbi said Yemen sought to further strengthen economic and development ties with the six-member Gulf bloc. "This is the start that will lead to Yemen's membership" to the GCC’’, he added. Germany will be chairing the friends of Yemen in New York.