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