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 Thursday, April 23, 2009

Northbridge wins Yemen zinc deal   

RDS (Technical), a subsidiary of Northbridge Middle East, has won a contract worth at least $2.9m to rent out generators, transformers and associated equipment as well as a maintenance agreement to the Jabali Zinc Project in Yemen. The contract, due to start in September 2009, is for an initial period of one year.

 IDB signs $37m deals with Yemen

 The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has signed a $21.3m agreement with Yemen to finance storage capacity at the Sulaif Port project. The deal also includes $239,000 worth of technical assistance for the development of Sanaa's geographic systems unit.

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 Thursday, April 23, 2009

Our Main Enemy Is Al Qaeda Kevin Peraino NEWSWEEK   

Kevin Peraino


From the magazine issue dated Apr 27, 2009

Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has long governed a tinderbox. His party survived armed clashes with separatist rebels in the country's south and Houthi tribesmen in the north. Al Qaeda is also a growing threat. Last month a suicide bomber detonated himself at a crowded archeological site in Yemen, killing four South Korean tourists, and earlier this month CentCom chief Gen. David Petraeus warned that Yemen was becoming a safe haven for Qaeda militants. Saleh spoke with NEWSWEEK's Kevin Peraino at his palace in Sanaa. Excerpts:

Peraino: There have been two prominent terrorist attacks here in the past several weeks. Is Al Qaeda growing in strength here?
Saleh: Al Qaeda has cells in Yemen, but our security authorities are hunting them down and searching for them everywhere, every minute, every day and every month. It's a continuous fight. We're throwing them out.

The latest incident is worrying because it seems like someone must have had inside information. Are you concerned people within your security services might have been involved?
We believe [the bombers] might have some persons who are positioned in the streets or inside hotels. They can provide them with information. It's simple. Also, we have a free press. They write that this delegation is coming, that envoy is leaving. It's not secret.

You don't think somebody from within the regime tipped them off?
No, no, no.

What's a bigger threat to the stability of your regime: the socialists in the south or the rebellious Houthi tribesmen in the north?
There's no threat, either from the separatists or the Houthis or Al Qaeda. But of course Al Qaeda is damaging our economy. It's damaging our tourism and business. So we have more concerns about Al Qaeda.

You hear a lot of complaints from Americans that your regime is too close to Al Qaeda militants. Is that something that concerns you?
This is completely false. We're suffering from Al Qaeda. They're targeting our cultural heritage. Those that are feeding this thing are extremists.

But in the past your government has supported Islamic militants, particularly in the south during the 1994 civil war.
That's not true. We have not supported the jihadis or Al Qaeda elements. But in the past, based on American cooperation, we supported the volunteers who went to Afghanistan, who used to be backed and supported by the United States of America itself during the war against the former Soviet Union. I believe you have gotten your information from elements within the United States of America who want to see Yemen as an obedient country. We have our own policy, based on our national interest, based on our common interests with others.

President Obama's counterterrorism adviser John Brennan came here a few weeks ago, and the Americans said publicly after that meeting that they had "concerns" about Yemen's ability to absorb the detainees from Guantánamo Bay. What did you say to reassure the Americans?
We are not obedient soldiers of the United States. We don't say just OK to everything that they ask us. We believe the United States of America—just like any other country—can make mistakes.

American officials have threatened to send at least some of the Yemeni detainees to Saudi Arabia instead.
If the Americans have a bilateral deal with the Saudis, it's up to them. We will always insist that these people should return directly to Yemen. They should give us the files on these detainees in order to send them to the court of law.

One complaint, though, is that militants are released too easily here. One hundred of them were reportedly released this winter. Why did that happen?
You want to close Guantánamo Bay. We want to do the same thing when the law is applicable. These people, according to the law, should not be held in jail without trial. If you don't have enough evidence that they committed a crime, they should be released. We released them after we made a thorough investigation that they were not involved in terror or any acts of violence. And we took big guarantees from their tribes, from their sheiks, to keep them under continuous control.

On Guantánamo, the Americans admit they made a big mistake. Are you saying that Yemen also made a mistake by arresting these men?
Actually, we're not sorry, because these people were arrested on suspicion of belonging to Al Qaeda. When we got enough evidence to prove they're not involved, they were released. At the same time, there are more than 150 people still in jail because the security services say these people are dangerous.

Obama has said he wants to engage Iran in dialogue. Is that a good thing?
The gestures President Obama sent to Iran are a positive thing.

Can he persuade Iran to relinquish its nuclear program?
No, but he might convince them to make this program for peaceful purposes.

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 Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cantex announces progress on Yemen projects   

KELOWNA, BC, April 21 /CNW/ - Cantex Mine Development Corp. (CD : TSX-V) ("Cantex", the "Company") is pleased to announce the progress on its Suwar nickel - copper - cobalt project and Al Hariqah gold project.

Suwar Nickel - Copper - Cobalt Project



Work is progressing well at the Suwar project which is optioned to Vale International S.A, a wholly owned subsidiary of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce ("Vale").

The work underway focuses on a 2 kilometer by 4 kilometer area which includes all of the previously drill tested nickel - copper - cobalt mineralization.

A 32 line kilometer ground magnetic survey is now complete which expands the previous ground magnetic survey to cover the southern extents of the Suwar mineralization. A 15 line kilometer ground gravity survey has been conducted covering the main mineralization found to date near Suwar Hill. Data from these surveys is to be interpreted by Vale geophysicists to assist in defining drill targets.

An induced polarization survey is shortly expected to commence to extend the previous coverage. The IP survey is to cover a 2 kilometer by 3.4 kilometer area.

Soil sampling has now been completed over the entire 4.2km focus area. Approximately 2000 soil samples have been collected and shipped to Canada by air cargo for processing and analysis.

A satellite image has been commissioned covering the Suwar - Wadi Qutabah region. The image has been collected and the required georeference points are now being accurately located in the field to allow processing of the raw image to produce the final products.

A 5,000m drill contract has been signed with Logan Drilling Limited from Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. A Duralite 1000N drill, capable of drilling 1,000 meter NQ holes, is now en route to Yemen. To facilitate the drill program existing roads in the area are being improved and new roads are under construction.

Cantex and Vale are both pleased with the progress on the project to date.

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 Monday, March 9, 2009

President meets Lebanese PM   
President Ali Abdullah Saleh met on Sunday with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora.
The meeting dealt with the brotherly ties and joint cooperation and addressed the current Arab conditions including the preparations for the upcoming Arab summit in Doha and the ways of strengthening the Arab reconciliation and Palestinian conciliation.
The President assured Yemen's keenness on developing the cooperation fields with Lebanon at different levels, indicating the significance of raising the trade exchanging volume between the two countries to accomplish the hopes of the two brotherly peoples.

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 Friday, March 6, 2009

Mitsui to acquire Yemen oil, gas concession   

YEMEN. Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co is set to acquire an interest in an oil and gas field in southern Yemen from Australian resources developer Adelphi Energy, it was learned on Friday.
The prospective deal, seen to be worth ¥400 million (US$4.1 million) will give Mitsui an 8.5% stake in an undeveloped area of the field. It will be the first time for the company to obtain a stake in a Ymeni oil and gas field.

Mitsui plans to conduct joint exploration with other companies, the sources said.

Since there is a field nearby that produces 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, the area to be explored by Mitsui is seen to be promising, the sources said.

Mitsui is promoting oil and gas development in the Middle East. It has acquired concessions in Oman, Qatar and Abu Dhabi of the UAE.

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