U.S. ready to supply arms to Yemen

Sept. 5, 2004 at 8:40 AM

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Yemen said Sunday the United States has agreed to supply Yemen with military equipment and spare parts after lifting a ban on weapons sales to the country.

The official Yemeni news agency said the issue was discussed by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and U.S. Central Commander Gen. John Abizaid who met Sunday in Sanaa.

It said the two discussed bilateral military cooperation in the fields of training, expertise and "providing spare parts and equipment."

The agency added the talks also focused on "joint efforts in the war on terrorism" and rehabilitating navy guard forces, which receive American support to fight terrorism and to monitor Yemen's shores that extend for about 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers.)

Abizaid's visit to Sanaa came a week after State Department officials said Washington had lifted its ban on selling American weapons to Yemen.

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