Yemen is seeking more international aid in a bid to boost its operations against al-Qaeda and to address other security problems. The government will use the money to train and fund more law enforcement organizations as part of its long-term security strategy, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Al-Qirbi said Yemen intends to continue spearheading the fight against al-Qaeda despite opening up to receiving more international aid for its local police force.

“Yemen is discussing with U.S., European and Arab officials a package of security and development assistance for the impoverished and rugged Middle Eastern country ahead of a multilateral donors conference scheduled for February,” WSJ reports.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.