Yemen: Military Aid

Defence written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel are based in Yemen; and what their role is.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will deploy UK armed forces personnel to Yemen.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Secretary of State for Defence

As my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary told the House on 5 January 2010, Hansard, column 21, we are pursuing a cross-governmental strategy in Yemen based on addressing the causes of conflict, support for political structures, building Yemeni capacity to tackle security, and helping the Yemeni Government to deliver the functions of the state.

The Ministry of Defence is fully engaged in this strategy, and there are currently two UK military personnel in the Defence Section of the UK embassy in Yemen, whose role is to advise the ambassador on defence issues.

Our relationship with Yemen, as with many other countries, also includes work on counter-terrorism. At the invitation of the Government of Yemen we are providing a training and mentoring programme for the Yemen Coast Guard and we are also offering training to the counter-terrorist police unit. It is not the practice of the Government to make public the details of such assistance to individual countries as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice international relations.

We will continue to offer support to the Government of Yemen and will consider any further requests for training assistance.

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khaled ali
Posted on 25 Jan 2010 8:43 am (Report this annotation)

We are afraid that the conference or meeting is the result of media hype because of the recent operations against al Qaeda and the plane descend and will it all end after the elimination or undermine the work of al Qaeda and prosecution of and support which we hope will end a crisis in Yemen just a lie will result in disappointment because this meeting means a lot to Yemen
It also warned that some of the news media means that the meeting aims to impose a trusteeship Britain Yemen

khaled ali
Posted on 25 Jan 2010 8:52 am (Report this annotation)

Support provided by donor countries to Yemen is concentrated in the things that are not important so we want to have support in the important things
Apart from helping the government in rooting out insurgents in northern Yemen and Nepal's Alotvsaliyn in South Yemen and the elimination of al Qaeda, more importantly, must also support Yemen in development projects, development and construction in the following areas
First: Zerorp support power that Yemen suffers from a significant deficit in the field of electric power and electricity stop every day from 3 hours to 4 hours in all Yemeni cities
Second: to support projects with production of oil and gas and other minerals such as sulfur, zinc, cement industry and mining for gold, and others which will create job opportunities for young people and will support the economy
III: To support the maritime sector warships and vessels for Responsible Fisheries
IV: To support the building of schools in the tribal areas to educate people and their teaching approach and non-extremist education to become good citizens and sober-sober-qualified to work in factories and hospitals in various areas of work
Fifth: Sanaa suffering from drought in the groundwater and will be drained of water, or end after ten years in the city of Sana'a for the Zerorp a solution fast
VI: Support for the field of tourism in Yemen and through support for security forces and supporting tourism projects

Foregoing is one of the most important priorities in Yemen
There are other projects and I was Alzerori foregoing and important to be on you and the donor countries to support
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