Switzerland’s activities in Yemen have included food aid as well as technical and financial support. In the 1980s urgent relief was provided on a number of occasions following earthquakes.
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Since 1990, the two countries have concluded agreements on air traffic, technical cooperation and debt reduction.
Development Cooperation and humanitarian Aid
Switzerland has stepped up its aid to Yemen. Since 2007, in collaboration with international organisations present, Switzerland has been implementing a “protection in the region” programme. The main objective is to help Yemen manage the flow of refugees from the Horn of Africa.
At the beginning of 2011, Switzerland opened a programme office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Sana'a.
Swiss nationals in Yemen
The Swiss community in Yemen counts 37 members.
History of bilateral relations
Prior to the unification of Yemen in 1990, Switzerland had recognised both North Yemen (in 1948) and South Yemen (in 1967), and established diplomatic relations with the two countries (in 1972 and 1973 respectively). Today it represents its interests in Yemen via its embassy in Riyadh. There is also a consulate in Sana'a. Yemen has an embassy in Switzerland (Geneva).