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Gov't launches counterterrorism strategy, approves mutual accountability document

Gov't launches counterterrorism strategy, approves mutual accountability document

[18/September/2012]



SANA'A, Sep. 18 (Saba) - The cabinet approved in its Tuesday meeting the formation of a ministerial committee to carry out the counterterrorism inclusive strategy in Yemen.

This came in the cabinet's meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa and dedicated to address the President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi's directives on the strategy. It also endorsed the proposals of the counterterrorism supreme security committee on the strategy.

The committee, headed by the Foreign Minister, charged with following up the implementation of the strategy by the related ministries and governmental bodies as well as coordinating with political parties and civil society organizations to do its duties in encountering al-Qaeda terrorist acts.

The strategy aims to combat the terrorism phenomenon, eradicate its funding sources in all governorates, and to assist the military affaires committee in carrying out its tasks, especially in the field of restoring security and stability.

Moreover, the committee is tasked with educating people about the dangers of terrorism and extremism and creating a responsible public opinion in support of the state's counterterrorism efforts.

On the other hand, the cabinet approved the policies and procedures pertaining to the reform priorities in the transitional phase; the "mutual accountability framework" document that Yemen and donors have agreed in Riyadh meeting held in the Saudi capital on September 4-5.

The document affirmed the Yemeni government and donors' partnership on development and the commitment of the international community to support the Yemeni economy during the transitional stage, based on the Gulf initiative and the transitional program for development and stability for 2012 – 2014.

In this regard, the cabinet authorize the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation to coordinate with the relevant bodies to carry out their commitments stated in the document and to submit periodic reports to the cabinet on the achievement level.

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