American delegation in Sana’a [Archives:2003/692/Local News]

December 8 2003

Hassan Al-Zaidi
An American delegation with officials from the Department of State, National Security and Customs and Revenue Service arrived in Sana'a Dec. 6.
This is the first visit of an American delegation after the successful operation executed by the Yemeni security forces in apprehending Abu Asim, the second in command in Al-Qaeda in Yemen, and three of his companions in Sana'a on Nov. 26.
The delegation, whose visit lasts for five days, will discuss several security issues with Yemeni officials as well as the support which the United States will give to Yemen in order to improve work mechanisms at border crossings and airports, in addition to customs cooperation and the fight against smuggling.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that the United States expressed its annoyance because some terrorist elements in Saudi Arabia obtained American-made surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, which were sold to the Yemeni Ministry of Defense, but somehow were bought by terrorists who in turn smuggled them into Saudi Arabia.