By NY Staff
Yemeni Vice President and Prime Minister, Khaled Bahah, has held a meeting with the former Vice President of Yemen unity and the prominent leader of Harik southern movement Ali Salem al-Beid in Riyadh.
The two leaders thoroughly discussed past events in Yemen and looked ahead to forthcoming events where multiple challenges and opportunities are likely to be addressed. From his side, Bahah stressed that the bleeding wounds of the past should be healed and a new phase should start.
It is worth mentioning here that Bahah is the first Yemeni official to meet al-Beid, who has refused to recognize the authorities in Yemen since his forced exile following the civil war in 1994. The meeting was held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, were the two leaders are currently settled.
Bahah described al-Beid in a post on his official Facebook page as the story of a great president who had several positions of leadership. As many great leaders, al-Beid worked hard and he hit the target sometimes and committed mistakes other times. He planned for and was aiming to achieve many noble goals, but at the very last moment, fate intervened and he found himself and his comrades in exile as victims of political violence and infighting.
Bahah welcomed the favorable climate that prevailed throughout the meeting, pointing out that despite living in exile for years, al-Beid spoke with an authentic Hadhrami dialect. Bahah continued that, “Al-Beidh is a story of an honest president who had the intention to build a homeland in spite of the critical circumstances that left Yemen open to many international projects and the Cold War. Al-Beid with his comrades’ assistance held the unification project honestly, the project that he and his friends believed in. Unification was flowing in their blood when they suddenly found themselves facing widespread allegations of their involvement in the secession in summer 1994.”
Bahah asserted that he recently met the first Prime Minister of Yemen after unification, Haidar Abu Bakr al-Attas and the prominent southern movement leader AbdulRahman Ali AlJifri. He pointed out that he is seeking to meet the former South Yemeni president Ali Nasser Muhammad who currently lives outside Yemen.
Al-Beid and al-Attas and number of other southern leaders have living in exile after the 1994 civil war in Yemen, which took place after the unification of Yemen in 1990, between the GPC led by the deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, against the Socialist Party that al-Beid led.
The meeting was an important step since Bahah became closer to the presidential seat, a key factor in case any political settlement is to take place in the near future. Bahah has started to practice some tasks of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni news agency, loyal to the legitimacy, revealed that Bahah had contacts with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon and his envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh, to discuss the latest developments in Yemen.