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Saudi Security Official Concludes Visit to Yemen
  Written By:  Hasan Al-Zaidi (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
August 18, 2008



The Saudi Deputy Minister of Interior Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz concluded a surprise visit to Sana'a in which he met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh and other Yemeni officials at Interior Ministry.

This comes after Yemen security authorities announced arresting dangerous Al-Qaeda cell members after a qualitative attack in Hadramout's Tarim city; some of whom possessed Saudi passports.

President Saleh met the Saudi official last Thursday and both sides discussed aspects of cooperation between Yemen and Saudi Arabia in the security field and terrorism fighting.

The Saudi prince praised highly the role that Yemeni security apparatuses play in fighting terrorism and referred to Tarim operation that resulted in killing five Al-Qaeda members and arresting two others, especially when the operation helped foil terrorist plans the cell was intending to launch in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Yemeni Armed Forces mouthpiece 26 September newspaper revealed that security forces found two Saudi passports among the seized documents. One passport in the name of Badah bin Muqhim Al-Qahtani and another in the name of Walid bin Radhi Al-Otibi.

However, the source did not mention whether the Saudi passport holders are still in Yemen or not. Observers believe that the visit is an indication of the importance of these Saudi elements for authorities in Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom is the second country, after the United States, which Yemen works closely with in the field of terrorism fighting. Both countries have strong partnership for fighting terrorism.

Yemen-Saudi Arabia relations have seen more progress in all fields including security and development. Saudi Arabia is among the biggest supporters for Yemen, as it pledged over $1 billion in the London Donor Conference, which was  held towards the end of 2006.