US Hails Saudi Arabia, Yemen Border Agreement

Published June 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The United States on Tuesday hailed last week's agreement between Saudi Arabia and Yemen that ended a long-running border dispute, saying the pact would improve security for both nations. 

"We are pleased that decades of mistrust have been overcome with the resolution of the border issue and we believe that the agreement will serve to enhance security and prosperity of both countries," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement. 

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Yemen concluded the agreement last Monday in Jeddah resolving the more than 50-year-old simmering dispute. 

In 1995, after a series of clashes, Riyadh and Sanaa renewed a 1934 border agreement, but had made little progress in talks since then and the issue had soured relations. 

The two countries share a 2,500-kilometre (1,560-mile) border -- WASHINGTON (AFP)  



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