Coast Guards Authority Established [Archives:2002/03/Local News]
The president of the Republic issued last Thursday a decree to establish the Coast Guards Authority and identified its tasks for the first time in the history of Yemen. Observers said Yemen had been seeking such an authority to prevent sea piracy and illegal infiltration of foreigners into Yemen.
The decision was made with the aim of enhancing safety in the south of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In this respect, the Yemeni government has tried to obtain technical assistance from the Western countries to establish coast guard forces and to make use of the Saudi experience in this field.