Saudi Arabia agrees fuel deal with Yemen

27 December 2011

Kingdom pledges to help out impoverished southern neighbour with fuel as it undergoes transition

Saudi Arabia has pledged to provide fuel to Yemen as the country undergoes its transition of power.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, has told Yemen Prime Minister, Mohammed Salem Basindwa, that it would do all it can to help its impoverished southern neighbour.

Yemen will hold presidential elections on 21 February next year, under a deal which saw presidential powers transferred to vice-president Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi from the incumbent Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The first agreement calls for the president to formally resign from the post within 30 days of signing the deal, while the second allows Al-Hadi to appoint a new prime minister and unity cabinet, and to call for early presidential and parliamentary elections. Although the president will resign by the end of the year, he will remain de facto head of state until new presidential elections have been held.

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