World Bank’s Office in Sanaa

The World Bank’s office in Sanaa said Sunday that it would reopen within few days after months’ closure due to Yemen’s long-running political crisis, the Yemeni state Saba news agency reported.

The decision was made by the new director of the office, Wael Zakout, during a meeting with Yemeni Planning and International Cooperation Minister Mohamed al-Sadi.

It came a day after the Yemeni new coalition government began resuming normality to the capital and removing checkpoints and barricades erected during the 11-month-old unrest.

“The World Bank will play an active role in mobilizing international support for the upcoming donors’ conference for Yemen that was scheduled to be held in the Saudi capital of Riyadh early next year,” Saba quoted Zakout as saying.

For his part, al-Sadi urged the World Bank to accelerate lifting the suspension of giving Yemen loans, which was imposed during the country’s political crisis.

“The new coalition government has launched a new phase of construction and it needs active support by all international partners, including the World Bank,” al-Sadi said.

On Nov. 23, outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress and the opposition Joint Meeting Parties signed the GCC deal in Riyadh in an attempt to end the crisis.

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