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US Ambassador Hails Success of Yemeni Forces in Tackling Crime
  Written By: Foud Rajeh ( YEMEN POST STAFF ) 
  Article Date:
December 15, 2008



At his meeting with the Minister of Interior, the US Ambassador to Sana'a Stephen Seche hailed strides the Yemeni security systems have made in the fight on terror and controlling crime.

Seche said the anti-terrorism unit affiliated to the Central Security Forces is one of the best security units in Yemen.

The meeting dealt with security cooperation between Yemen and the US and means to boost this cooperation to serve  security and stability in both countries. The meeting underlined cooperation in the fight against terrorism and organized crime as well as cooperation in training.

On the other hand, deputy prime minister of Defense and Security Affairs Rashad Al-Alimi, Minister of Local Administration  discussed on Saturday with  a visiting  Japanese delegation led by head of Japan's Coastguard aspects of cooperation between Yemen and Japan in fighting piracy and terror.

The meeting stressed the need for promoting bilateral security cooperation in the future particularly in the training field.

 The Japanese official expressed his country's readiness to support the Yemeni Coastguards in the interests of the two countries.

In relation to piracy, the soaring phenomenon off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden, Somali pirates seized two Yemeni fishing ships in the Gulf of Aden.

Coastguards were aware of the attack through some fishermen who managed to escape the attack on a boat affiliated to one of the ships.

They said the ships were hijacked after the pirates surprisingly attacked their crews while fishing in the gulf.   Almost 17 fishermen were arrested aboard the two ships, they said.

The incident came almost a week after Somali pirates released a Yemeni Cargo ship they had captured earlier in the gulf while en route to Socotra island. The ship was released after negotiations with the pirates who didn't demand a ransom as they usually do for other vessels.