Sana’a: Yemen's Foreign Minister says his country opposes any direct intervention by the US or other foreign troops in the fight against al Qaeda.
Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said in an interview today that "there is a lot of sensitivity about foreign troops coming to Yemeni territory."
US military personnel are currently in Yemen training its counterterrorism forces, and al-Qirbi says Yemen would welcome more personnel as trainers. "But not in any other capacity."
He says "direct intervention complicates things."
Washington has increased its counterterrorism aid to Yemen to fight al Qaeda, but has indicated it does not seek to put troops on the ground.
First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 09:49