Yemen Vows to Improve Business, Political Scene

    Yemen has vowed during the Afghanistan donors’ conference in London that it will make economic and political improvements to create a better aid environment in the country, according to Business Week. The country’s officials and world leaders were given approximately two hours to discuss the current Yemen situation.

    “Progress against violent extremists and progress toward a better future for the Yemeni people… will also depend on fortifying development effort,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the conference, as quoted by CNN.

    The event did not yield new pledges. Instead, a new body called the Friends of Yemen was launched. It aims to help the country use unspent 2006 contributions worth USD5 billion, according to the Washington Post.

    The Gulf Cooperation Council will host the next donor meeting on Yemen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Feb. 22-23.

    Eliza Villarino contributed to this report.

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