January 27, 2010 / 6:52 PM / 9 years ago

Yemen and partners pledge to tackle roots of terror

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Yemen and its foreign partners agreed on Wednesday to work together to root out militant groups that threaten security in the region and beyond by tackling the deep causes of radicalisation.

In a joint news conference after an international conference on Yemen in London, the foreign ministers of Yemen, Britain and the United States said Yemen’s problems required a broader range of solutions than a simple crackdown on al Qaeda affiliates.

“It’s been a common feature of every contribution that we have heard today that the assault on Yemen’s problems cannot begin and end with its security challenges and its counter-terrorism strategy,” said Britain’s David Miliband.

“In tackling terrorism it is vital to tackle its root causes. In Yemen’s case these are manifold — economic, social and political,” he said.

Miliband said that as part of commitments made by Yemen during the London conference was a pledge to start talks with the International Monetary Fund. These would aim to help Yemen put together a programme of economic reforms. (Reporting by Keith Weir and Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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