Eng. Bader Basalma, Chief Executive Director of Globalview for Peace and Development, paid a umber of visit within the last week in the Saudi capital city, Riyadh.
The first visit was to the by Eng. Bader Basalma, Globalview CEO who met the Yemeni minister of Local Administration, Mr. Abdurraqib Fateh in Riyadh to discuss many issues.
The meeting was held to discuss the latest situation in Yemen and especially the governorate of Hadramout.
Mr. Fateh and Eng. Basalma discussed the outcomes of the workshop held in Mukalla at the beginning of the previous month which discussed the financial situation in the governorates emerging from the conflicts.
The workshop was entitled,’Financial Resources of Local Authorities (Reality &Vision),’. It was under the patronage of the minister of Local Administration, Mr. Abdurraqib Fateh, and the Governor of Hadramout, Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmin Al- Bahssani. The workshop, which was lasted for two days and was attended by 20 different participants form ten governorates emerged from the conflicts in Yemen, ended with an agreement of forming a proposal to present it to the minister of Local Administration and a committee to follow up the updates.
Eng. Basalma had delivered the proposal to the minister previously and in this meeting they discussed the minister’s opinion about the outcome.
By his side, Mr. Fateh, praised the workshop held by Globalview in Mukalla and the proposal presented. He also promised to put and mechanism to implement the suggestions formed in the proposal after Eid. Mr. Fateh promised, as well, to hold meetings with Follow up Committee to see the suitable ways to reach to a point where the financial situation in the governorates emerged from the conflicts can achieve the success.
“We have faith that by working hard and together we can take Yemen to a better point away of the miserable situation it is in now,” Eng. Basalma said.
Then, Globalview for Peace and Development represented by Eng. Bader Basalma met the American Ambassador in Yemen, Mr. Matthew Taylor in Riyadh.
At the meeting, the two discussed the latest political situation in Yemen and the efforts of the United Nations to implement peace in the country.
Eng. Basalma and M. Taylor discussed the efforts done by the new UN envoy to Yemen, Mr. Martin Griffith, to protect the harbor of Al- Hodaida governorate of the destruction.
The discussion of the meeting later was drifted to the situation in the governorate of Hadramout as it is considered one of the governorates emerged from the conflicts in the country. Mr. Taylor and Eng. Basalma discussed the services and security situation in Yemen and the electricity crisis in the governorates.
The two discussed the crisis of the Al-Rayan airport in the city of Mukalla in Hadramout governorate. As the airport is closed since the controlling of Al- Qaeda members on Mukalla city in 2015. That closure lead to many challenges and issues especially for those sick people of the governorate who need to travel abroad to get the suitable treatments.
“It is important to solve the problem of Al- Rayan airport as there is an urgent need of it,” Eng. Basalma said.
The discussion later was drifted to discuss the security situation in the southern governorates as they are emerged from the conflicts. The two also discussed the suitable ways to strengthen the security in these governorates.
Prior to the start of the civil war in 2015, the U.S. had 100 military advisers in Yemen supporting that government’s fight against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). As the war progressed, by February 2015, the U.S. was forced to suspend operations and its embassy in Yemen and evacuate the advisers out of concern for their safety. Though, the support of the US to Yemen has continued till now.
The last visit was to the British Ambassador in Yemen, Mr. Edmund Fitton- Brown in the British Embassy in Riyadh.
The meeting which was held at the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, discussed the situation in Yemen and the development needs of Hadramout Governorate.
Hadramout governorate is considered one of the governorates emerged from the conflict in Yemen. As the governorate was attacked in 2015 by the Al- Qaeda who settled at the capital of the governorate and its biggest city, Mukalla.
Eng. Bader Basalma informed Mr. Fitton- Brown with fields of work of Globalview for Peace and Development and the work done by the foundation in the period since its establishment. Eng. Basalma also briefed the British Ambassador with the latest situation in the governorate of Hadramout.
Globalview President explained the themes and outcomes of the two workshops held by the German foundation, Berghof, in cooperation with Globalview for Peace and Development as they were related to improving the work of the local authorities in the governorate emerged from the conflicts in Yemen.
By his side, Mr. Fitton- Brown expressed his happiness with such work and effort to help improving the situation in the country.
Edmund Fitton- Brown is the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Yemen. While operations at the British Embassy in Sana’a remain suspended, Fitton- Brown has been based in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Fitton- Brown joined the FCO in 1984. In his last appointment, he was Counsellor in Dubai. He has had previous postings in Riyadh, Cairo, Kuwait, Rome and Helsinki. On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen, Mr. Fitton- Brown expressed that these times are challenging for Yemen and he looks forward to working closely with Yemeni stakeholders and other Friends of Yemen to help the country build a platform for a more secure and prosperous future.