Britain, US to fund joint counter-terrorism unit in Yemen
Britain and the United States will jointly fund a counter-terrorism unit in Yemen, reported the Press Association, citing a Sunday announcement by the British government, dpa reported.
The British administration said the plan had been agreed upon by the two nations in response to the failed attempt by an al-Qaeda operative to down a passenger jet in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.
Additionally, the two countries will seek more United Nations' intervention against the growing terrorism threat out of Somalia, where a weak central government has been unable to control the growing threat of local terrorist groups.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday called for a summit of world leaders later this month to discuss the security situation in Yemen.
The proposed Yemeni counter-terrorism unit would be funded jointly by the United States and Britain. It would also provide support for Yemen's coast guard.