The President of North Yemen, Lieutenant-Colonel Ibrahim Al-Hamdi, was greeted by King Khalid Ibn Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, when he flew in to the country on Sunday (31 August).
SV PAN North Yemen President from top of aircraft steps down to be greeted by King Khalid and officials
GV Airport building sign of welcome
SV King and President standing to attention PAN to Guard of Honour (2 shots)
SV N. Yemen President inspecting Guard of honour (2 shots)
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Background: The President of North Yemen, Lieutenant-Colonel Ibrahim Al-Hamdi, was greeted by King Khalid Ibn Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, when he flew in to the country on Sunday (31 August).
President Al-Hamdi had arrived from Bahrain on the last leg of a tour of the Middle East. During his short stay in Bahrain, he had denied foreign news reports which claimed that his Government had expelled Soviet experts who were helping to train the Yameni Armed Forces.
The reports had said that the experts were expelled as a prelude to the signing of a huge arms deal with the United States, which is to be financed by Saudi Arabia. An aid agreement with Saudi Arabia was announced at the beginning of this month, involving nearly 800 million Saudi riyals (GBP100 million sterling). It also includes 285 million riyals (GBP36 million sterling) for budget support.
The President did however confirm that an arms deal with the United States was possible and that contacts were already "under way". He also said that his country would continue to need the services of Soviet experts, who were still in the country.
Reports from Beirut say that Saudi Arabia, which backed the Royalists in the Civil War, but which has given increasing aid to the Sanaa regime since 1967, has assured the North Yemen Government of continued support.