Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Closing French school in Yemen makes terrorists happy, minister says

By Nasser Arrabyee/20/10/2010
The Yemeni foreign minister said Wednesday that closing the French school in Yemen would be in the interest of the terrorists.

“Closing the French school will only achieve the goals of the terrorists,” said Abu Bakr Al Querbi, the Yemen foreign minister .

“We need to strengthen and deepen our scientific and cultural relations to prevent the terrorists from achieving their goals,” he said in a launch ceremony of exhibition of photos organized by the French embassy in Sana’a on the 40th anniversary of the Yemeni-French relations.
The French school closed in Sana’a closed on October 13th, 2010, after France advised the French people in Yemen to leave the country because of security threats.

The sources in the French school said the school may reopen at the beginning of next February.
“We were told we are on leave until February 1, 2010,” said one of the staff members of the school.

It’s Paris decision not theirs, so we may and may not reopen at the beginning of February,” said the staff member who asked not to be named.

The French school, which is financed by the French ministry of education and the parents , has about 100 students, about 70 of them have already left Yemen.

The remaining 30 students are from Yemen, Djibouti, and Algeria and other countries.
This is the second closure of the school within two years.

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