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Somalia: Yemen Cancels Somali Maritime Debts

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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The Yemeni government agreed to cancel tax debts owed by the Somali government for ships docked off its coast, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi announced Tuesday (April 9th).

Hadi made the announcement in Sanaa after meeting with a delegation led by Somali Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohamed Noor Gaal, who delivered a letter from Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, according to Yemen's official Saba news agency.

In the meeting, Hadi praised bilateral relations between the two countries. "Yemen has nearly 1.2 million Somali refugees sharing the living with the people of Yemen under the difficult circumstances experienced by the country," he said. Some of the ships docked in Yemen have been there for more than 20 years, Somalia's Shabelle Media Network reported. Somali representatives are expected to sign an agreement to repatriate the vessels.

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