Indo-Yemen Relations

Bilateral Relations :

Indo-Yemeni relations date back to ancient times. The historical ties between India and Yemen are confirmed by the fact that even today there are about one hundred thousand persons of Yemeni origin in India in Andhra Pradesh and an equal number of people of Indian origin in Yemen, particularly in the South and the East of Yemen. Yemeni traders were intermediaries for Indian trade with the Roman empire. Subsequently, contacts were intensified with the Haj route from India running through Yemen. In 1839, Aden became part of the British empire, administered by the Bombay Presidency. The Aden administration was separated from India in April 1937 with the appointment of a Governor directly answerable to London. An India mission at the level of Commissioner was set up in Aden in June 1950.

                                    

India was one of the first countries to recognise both the YAR after the 26th September, 1962 revolution and the People’s Republic of Southern Yemen after its formation on 29th November 1967.

The Indian mission in Sana’a was established in 1970. The visit of President Saleh to India in March 1983 to attend the Non-aligned summit and that of President Zail Singh to YAR and PDRY in October 1984 energised the relationship. In February 1993, official talks led to signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on periodical Foreign Office consultations between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Yemen. Foreign office consultations are now an on-going process and the latest consultations were held in New Delhi in January 2005.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, while on his way to Japan, made a stop over at New Delhi on 13th March 1999 and held wide ranging talks with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on regional, bilateral and international issues.



Mr. Mohammed Al-KhademAl-Wajeeh,Yemeni Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources led an oil and gas delegation to India in June, 1999. During January, 2001, he again led the Yemen LNG’s delegation to India to hold discussions In January, 2001 Minister for the Affairs of Expatriates’ Dr. Ahmed Ali Al-Beshari paid a visit to India and held discussions with the people of Yemeni origin in Hyderabad on 26th January, 2001.

A Yemeni Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Husain Al-Ahmar visited India from 26.4.2001 to 2.5.2001.

To take part in the 10th anniversary of the unification of Yemen, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, the then Minister of State (Independent charge) for Small Scale Industries, Agro and Rural Industries, Personnel & Pensions, paid a visit to Sana’a from 21st to 25th May, 2000.

At the invitation of Yemeni Foreign Minister, Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri E. Ahamed paid a two-day official visit to Yemen in February, 2005. During his stay in Yemen, he called on President Saleh, Prime Minister Bajammal and Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.

Political Relations:

At the invitation of Yemeni Foreign Minister, Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri E. Ahamed paid a two-day official visit to Yemen in February, 2005. During his stay in Yemen, he called on President Saleh, Prime Minister Bajammal and Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.