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Canada maintains positive, yet limited bilateral relations with Yemen. Canada recognizes the importance of regional stability, and supports efforts to protect Yemen’s recognized government, defend its territory, and improve stability in Yemen. Canada encourages all sides of the conflict to resume inclusive political dialogue and participate fully in the peace process. Canada continues to call on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law. Canada is represented in Yemen by the Embassy of Canada to Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh. Yemen maintains an embassy in Ottawa.
In 2021, total bilateral trade was approximately $7.4 million, including $6.9 million in exports and $490,700 in imports. Bilateral commercial relations between Canada and Yemen consisted primarily of Canadian exports of vehicles, aircraft, vegetables, live animals and animal products, electric machinery, and pharmaceutical products. Due to the ongoing conflict, there are few opportunities for Canadian investment in Yemen.
Canada is a key contributor to the humanitarian response in Yemen. In 2022, Canada has committed $62.5 million in humanitarian funding to Yemen. Canada contributes to humanitarian assistance to Yemen through various multilateral organizations such as the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent. Canada also supports Canadian non-governmental organizations working with the victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters as well as refugees in the region.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Yemen work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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