Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz held a press conference in Jeddah yesterday, and highlighted the deep-rooted ties that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen, which are linked with bonds of religion, ethnicity and neighborliness. He pointed out that the two countries had already signed agreements on economic and commercial matters, and on cultural cooperation, as well as on security. As for Yemen joining the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), he said that matter is up to the Council.
Prince Nayef went on to discuss manpower issues, and declared that Yemeni nationals are welcome to seek employment in the Kingdom, where there are already hundreds of thousands of Yemeni workers. Although the treaty does not address educational facilities for Yemenis in Saudi Arabia, he said, this issue will be tackled by the authorities concerned.
Expressing the hope that other countries would follow their example, Prince Nayef made reference to the other border agreements Saudi Arabia has made, namely with Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan.