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Yemeni PM in Cairo for talks on Yemen crisis with top officials

Yemen's prime minister is set to meet President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and deliver a message from the Yemeni president

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Aug 2016
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File photo of Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr attends a news conference on May 18, 2016. (photo: Reuters)

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr has arrived in Cairo to discuss recent developments in Yemen and bilateral relations between the two countries with top officials, including President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, state news agency MENA reported.

In press statements from Cairo International Airport, Bin Daghr hailed Egypt's support to the "legitimate leadership of Yemen of President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi" and participating in the Saudi-led coalition, highlighting the history of Egypt's support for Yemen in the political, military and development fields.

The conflict in Yemen pits the internationally-recognised government of President Hadi and the Saudi-led coalition against armed Shia rebels the Houthis allied with ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Egypt has been participating with naval and air forces in the Saudi-led military coalition against the Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen since the coalition was launched in March 2015.

The prime minister, who heads a ministerial delegation, said that he would deliver a message from the Yemeni president to President El-Sisi during their meeting on recent developments in Yemen.

He also said: "We are keen to discuss means to activate relations with the Egyptian government, through talks with Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and work on the development of mutual cooperation in all fields to serve the strategic interests of the two brotherly countries."

During his several-day visit, Bin Daghr will meet Prime Minister Ismail and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb.

After UN-backed peace talks to end the conflict collapsed last week, the Houthis and former president Saleh's General People’s Congress set up a governing council to rule the country, despite UN and government opposition.

The Egyptian navy is currently securing the Bab El-Mandeb strait.

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