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United Nations, New York, 9 April 2010

Visit of the President of the General Assembly to Yemen

The President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, paid an official visit to Yemen from 7 to 9 April 2010. Dr. Treki met with the His Excellency Dr. Abu Baker al-Qirby, Foreign Minister of Yemen. They discussed a wide range of issues including the outcome of the recent Arab League Summit in Sirte, the situation in the Middle East, the reform efforts in the United Nations and the high level meetings organized by the President of the General Assembly concerning disarmament, peacekeeping, dialogue among civilizations and the Middle East.

Both parties discussed international maritime piracy in light of the upcoming informal meeting of the General Assembly on the issue on 14 May 2010. President Treki invited the Foreign Minister of Yemen to participate in this meeting, citing the need to address this issue through the collective will of the international community as a whole.

President Treki thanked Yemen for its role in the United Nations, in particular in its capacity as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, the biggest group of Member States in the United Nations General Assembly. They also discussed the preparations for the MDG summit scheduled to be held in September 2010.

Dr. Treki arrived today in Kuwait, for an official visit scheduled to last until 12 April, at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Al-Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Foreign Minister.