High-level US delegation in Yemen:Coast Guard training discussed [Archives:2003/657/Front Page]

August 7 2003

Sana'a, August 5 – A high-level US security delegation arrived this week in Sanaa to discuss security cooperation with Yemeni officials.
Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi, Minister of Interior held a meeting on Monday with the delegation headed by US Marine Brigadier General Mastin Robeson, Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.
The discussions, which were attended by US ambassador to Yemen Edmund Hull and other US diplomats, focused on training Yemeni coastguardsmen to protect against the infiltration of terrorist elements in or out of the country.
The training program will include theoretical and practical sessions to enable Yemeni trainees to handle cases of infiltration from the sea using advanced combat and chase methods using intelligent equipment to facilitate the chase and arrest of infiltrators.
According to a source from the US Department of Foreign Secretary, Yemen initially requires 150 advanced patrol boats to help Yemeni Coast Guard cover Yemen's coastline.
Countries including the USA, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia are expected to donate the required tools and machinery to Yemen in order to cope with the requirements in its anti-terrorism efforts.