Yemen opposes any direct US military intervention

January 6, 2010 7:04:50 AM PST
Yemen's foreign minister says his country opposes any direct intervention by U.S. or other foreign troops in the fight against al-Qaida. Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi tells The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that "there is a lot of sensitivity about foreign troops coming to Yemeni territory."

U.S. 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-Qaida, but has indicated it does not seek to put troops on the ground.