Bilateral Political Relations between Turkey and Yemen

Turkey enjoys deeply rooted historical and cultural ties with Yemen, supports Yemen’s peace, stability and territorial integrity and exerts efforts at all platforms in this respect.

Since the outset of the ongoing crisis in Yemen, Turkey has supported the resolution of the problems through peace and dialogue and on the basis of respect for legitimacy. Since the forceful seizure of Sana’a and government institutions by Houthis, Turkey has been supporting the legitimate Yemeni Government and advocating an inclusive political settlement on the basis of the established parameters, namely UN Security Council Resolution No. 2216 (2015), the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative. In this regard, Turkey continues to support the efforts of the UN towards a political solution and closely follows those efforts as a member of the G-19+.

In this regard, Turkey welcomed the Stockholm Agreement reached at the end of the UN-facilitated intra-Yemeni consultations held on 6-13 December 2018 in Sweden.

Turkey also closely follows the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen and continues to provide humanitarian aid, in order to help alleviate the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people.

Upon the invitation of H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the Republic of Yemen H.E. Abdurabbu Mansour Al Hadi paid an official visit to Turkey on 16-18 February 2016. H.E. President Hadi visited Turkey on two further occasions, namely the 13th Islamic Summit of the OIC on 14-15 April 2016 and the OIC Extraordinary Summit on Al-Quds on 13 December 2017.

On 18 May 2018, H.E. Abdulmalik Al Mekhlafi, the former Foreign Minister of Yemen, attended the OIC Extraordinary Summit on Al-Quds held in Istanbul.