France welcomes the retaking of the city of Al Mukalla by government forces, supported by the Arab Coalition, following an offensive launched on April 23 in the eastern province of Hadramawt against terrorist group Al Qaeda.» Read more ...
France supported the unification of the country in 1990 and the preservation of its unity during the civil war in 1994. It played the role of mediator in the conflict over the Hanish Islands between Yemen and Eritrea. There is considerable convergence of views over regional issues. President Chirac met with President Saleh nine times between 1996 and 2006. Right after the election of President Sarkozy, President Saleh went to France from 25 through 27 June 2007, at which time the Yemeni president met with the French president, the Prime Minister, the defence minister and minister of the interior.
Updated on 03.05.10