Yemeni president looking forward to the return of Chinese oil, gas and energy investments

Above, an oil refinery company in Yemen's port city of Aden in this September 2015 photo. (AFP)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Yemeni president looking forward to the return of Chinese oil, gas and energy investments

  • The Yemeni president called for re-activating the previous agreements and understandings between Yemen and China
  • The Chinese ambassador renewed his country’s support for President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi

DUBAI: Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said that he is looking forward to the return of Chinese investments to Yemen in terms of oil, gas and energy.
Saba News Agency stated that during his meeting with the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Yemen, Kang Yong, the Yemeni president called for re-activating the previous agreements and understandings between Yemen and China. He praised China’s stances that supported Yemen and its constitutional legitimacy in various international forums.
The Chinese ambassador renewed his country’s support for Hadi and said that “he (Hadi) represents the legitimacy of Yemen, which was unanimously agreed upon by the Yemeni people and supported by international and UN resolutions.”
Ambassador Yong confirmed China’s firm and supportive stance for Yemen and its constitutional legitimacy, until the return of the peace it deserves in accordance with the three principles that were approved on the local and international levels.


Lebanon urges return of refugees to Syria

Updated 21 January 2019
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Lebanon urges return of refugees to Syria

  • President Michel Aoun tells Arab economic summit that Lebanon was overwhelmed by Syrian and Palestinian refugees
  • Aoun proposes creation of an Arab bank for reconstruction and development

BEIRUT: Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to urge the return of refugees to safe areas of Syria after eight years of war.

President Michel Aoun told the meeting Lebanon was overwhelmed by Syrian and Palestinian refugees, who make up about half the population of a country struggling with an economic crisis.

He proposed the creation of an Arab bank for reconstruction and development “to help all affected Arab states overcome adversity and contribute to their sustainable economic growth.”

The meeting is the first economic and development summit since 2013, and comes as Syria, Yemen and Libya remain gripped by violence and Iraq confronts a massive reconstruction challenge after its costly victory over Daesh.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said nearly half of all refugees “come from our Arab world.”

The emir of Qatar, and the president of Mauritania were the only heads of state from the 22-member Arab League who attended the summit. Other countries sent lower-level delegations.

The other leaders’ absence was a snub to Lebanon, where groups led by Hezbollah had insisted that Bashar Assad of Syria should be invited.

Several hundred people protested in the streets of Beirut on Sunday, blaming politicians for growing economic troubles.