The Foreign Minister of Yemen Hisham Sharaf sponsored and addressed a seminar in the capital of Yemen on Nov. 7, dedicated to China’s Policy Paper on the Arab World, and to Yemen’s potential role in the Belt and Road Initiative. Foreign Minister Sharaf reviewed the friendly and productive historical relations with China, including many infrastructure projects that it had contributed to modern Yemen in the past decades before the outbreak of the Saudi war on Yemen in 2015. He expressed Yemen’s full readiness to join the Belt and Road Initiative and to protect the Maritime Silk Road at the Bab El-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea, and he urged China to play a constructive role in the political solution for the war in Yemen. The Chinese government does not yet recognize the government in Sana’a, which Sharaf represents, but rather the government of deposed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in exile in Saudi Arabia and has little or no control of matters in Yemen.
Fouad Al-Ghaffari, Chairman of the Yemeni Advisory Office for Coordination with the BRICS, also addressed the diplomatic seminar, before introducing Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, as the “New Silk Road lady”. Zepp-LaRouche first greeted the Yemeni population, who has had to endure incredible hardship these past two years, with war, hunger, epidemics and an ever-escalating blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia. Indeed, the Coordinator of UN Emergency Relief Mark Lowcock just told the Security Council on Nov. 8 that if the Saudis do not lift the blockade, it would result in the “largest famine has seen for many decades with millions of victims.”
In Zepp-LaRouche’s view, as she told the seminar participants, the New Silk Road offers the best context for settling the conflict in Yemen, with the active support of the neighboring countries and of China, Russia, India and hopefully the United States. The Chinese, she added, have become “fantastic experts in infrastructure”, who could help “green the deserts” in the Arab world, and develop “agriculture, industries and new cities. Yemen should definitely become part of that.”
Further reading on the conference: http://newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com/blog/2017/11/11/neue-seidenstrase-bringt-dem-jemen-hoffnung/