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Canada-Yemen Relations

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 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Yemen maintains an embassy in Ottawa. 

Canada is a key contributor to the humanitarian response in Yemen.  In 2017, Canada provided $49.5 million in humanitarian funding to Yemen, ranking as the 7th largest single-country donor.  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.

In 2017, total bilateral trade was approximately $116.8 million, including $103.2 million in exports and $13.5 million 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. Over half of imports from Yemen in 2017 were vegetables, iron and steel, electric machinery, and pharmaceutical products.  Due to the ongoing conflict, there are few opportunities for Canadian investment in Yemen.

October 2018

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