On Saturday, Yemen denied reports that the United States had chosen neighboring Djibouti to host the training of Yemeni Special Forces in combating terrorism.
"This news is not true and not objective," the Yemeni news agency quoted an official source as saying. "Yemen enjoys security and stability and it practices absolute sovereignty over its territories and territorial waters. It is not in need of another country to train its army," the sources said.
Yemeni-American relations in the field of security are clear and they are not in need for interpretations from here or there, the sources expressed. The source added that ties between Sanaa and Washington, whether economic, political, or security, are based on national interest.
The French magazine Lepoint reported last week that U.S. military experts would train in Djibouti the Yemeni Special Forces in combating terrorism rather than in Yemen.
In the meantime, independent press sources in Sanaa said that Washington had allocated an amount of $30 million to set up a number of development projects in three governorates believed to be harboring Al Qaeda suspects. The three governorates – Marib, Shabwah , and Al Jawf in the east of the country – witnessed clashes between tribesmen and security forces who have been chasing Al Qaeda suspects.
In addition, the sources said that 1,000 to 1,500 troops of the Yemeni Special Forces would be deployed in the governorates. (Albawaba.com)