US 'pleased' with Yemen action after parcel bomb plot

1st November 2010, Comments 0 comments

The United States is "pleased" with the level of US-Yemeni cooperation following the discovery of a parcel bomb plot on cargo planes, a US official said Monday.

"We think that the increasing investment in Yemen has paid dividends," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

"I would say that we are pleased with the cooperation that Yemen has shown in the last 72 hours," he added.

Yemen's committee for civil aviation security earlier Monday said it had decided to implement "exceptional security measures on all cargo leaving Yemeni airports to ensure the safety of civil aviation," as US officials said Washington was sending experts to provide assistance on screening and training. Crowley said the US government believed "Yemen has made significant improvements in its security and counterterrorism... capability, but obviously that stems from a still limited capacity Yemen has."

Washington has stepped up its military assistance to Yemen over the past year, with the State Department insisting the lead role in fighting the jihadists in the country rests with the Yemeni security forces.

© 2010 AFP

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