France and the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) signed an agreement in Paris on Wednesday (6 July) for economic and technological co-operation.
GV: Head of State of Yemen Arab Republic Colonal Ibrahim al Hamdi driving into French residence. (2 shots)
CU: Yemen Arab Republic flag on car bonnet.
SV: Yemen Arab Republic and France sign agreement.
SV: Arab president speaking.
The agreement between the two countries included a 300 million france (US$ 60 million) telecommunications system and harbour and airport installations. Also covered were road transport, oil exploration, and mining research, and the development of the tourist industry. The agreement followed talks in Paris between the Head of State of Yemen Arab Republic Colonel Ibrahim al Hamdi and French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on the situation in the Red Sea and the Middle East.
Colonel Hamdi said his talks with President Giscard showed the two countries shared the same views on world problems. They both saw the need to strengthen Franco-Arab relations to maintain peace and security in the Red Sea area. Colonel Hamdi said France and his country were trying to keep the Red sea as a lake of peace for the benefit of all bordering countries. He said his country favoured the continued presence of French military forces in newly-independent Djibouti. Colonel Hamdi praised the French President for his efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli dispute -- including his stand for a Palestine homeland.
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Background: France and the Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) signed an agreement in Paris on Wednesday (6 July) for economic and technological co-operation. The agreement is worth about one billion francs (about US $ 200 million) over the next five years.