Monday, 27 December 2010

Yemen Improves Airport Security to Lift U.S. Ban

Source: Bloomberg, by Mohammed Hatem
Yemeni authorities have improved airport security as they seek to lift a U.S. ban on air freight from the Arab country, the state-run Saba news agency reported, citing Transport Minister Khalid al-Wazeer.

The U.S. government enforced the ban following the discovery in October that two parcel bombs on their way to the U.S. had originated in Yemen.

Modern equipment have been set up at Yemeni airports to boost security, the Sanaa-based news agency cited al-Wazeer as saying. Contracts to buy additional equipment have been already signed, he said, according to the report.

The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority lifted a similar ban this month, Saba reported on Dec. 9

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, failed to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25 last year, in an attempt claimed by the Yemeni branch of al- Qaeda.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to strengthen the Yemeni military and accelerate development of the poorest Arab economy, which is battling separatist groups as well as al-Qaeda.

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