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Internal Factors for Enhancing Yemeni Foreign Policy

Internal Factors for Enhancing Yemeni Foreign Policy

Sunday, 24 April, 2022 - 09:00
Yemeni foreign minister meeting with the UN envoy to Yemen in mid-April (Saba News Agency)

How will the positive performance of the state and government affect Yemeni diplomacy and Yemen's foreign policy? This question arose after Asharq Al-Awsat noticed the momentum that followed the return of the Yemeni state, with its executive and legislative institutions, to the interim capital, Aden.

Yemen's Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak pointed out that there are several elements that play into the war-torn country’s foreign policy.

“These factors include geography, demographics, human and economic resources as well as the country’s internal situation,” Mubarak explained to Asharq Al-Awsat, adding that the more positive the government’s performance the more space is created for diplomatic work.

The minister highlighted four factors which, if resolved, would boost Yemeni diplomacy.

Firstly, bilateral cooperation. Weakened by the Houthi-led coup, state institutions have lost their ability to uphold fields of bilateral cooperation.

Mubarak points out that bilateral ties can be first resumed on an Arab level and then be reinstated on an international level after issues and reservations are resolved.

Secondly, the need for resourceful institutions that can provide services to all Yemenis and pay their public servants.

Thirdly, Mubarak emphasizes the need for activating state monitors to empower transparency and combat corruption. This will encourage development and relief partnerships with donors and international institutions.

Fourthly, the top Yemeni diplomat stresses the importance of unifying the revenue base, optimizing the use of resources, activating vital facilities, and enhancing security and stability in the liberated areas.

This would create opportunities for investment promotion, strengthening sectors, and creating common interests that will affect external trends. The greater the size of those interests, the more this will be reflected in the diplomatic performance and foreign policy in general.

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