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Yemeni President arrives in Pak to boost trade ties

President Musharraf set aside routine protocol and went to Pakistan air force base in Rawalpindi to receive his Yemeni counterpart.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 16:17 IST

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was accorded a warm welcome when he arrived on Monday in Islamabad on a two-day official visit after a gap of 19 years.

Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf set aside routine protocol and went to the Pakistan air force base in Rawalpindi to receive his Yemeni counterpart.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri traditionally receives all heads of government who visit Pakistan.

During the visit Saleh will hold talks with General Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz followed by signing of agreements aimed to further boost trade ties between the two countries, whose annual trade stood at 62 million dollars in the fiscal 2004-05.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, the talks will focus on regional and international situation.

"The visit will provide an opportunity to carry forward discussions, President Musharraf had with his Yemeni counterpart during his visit to Yemen last December," she added.