Yemen and the United States signed here on Thursday an agreement to increase the annual US aid to Yemen by $20.5 million.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed al-Sa’adi and US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to Yemen Herbie Smith.
Under the agreement, $7.5 million of the US aid is allocated to boost up water resource management with drip irrigation technology. The rest of the sum ($13 million) was allotted to meet the required needs to the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and the referendum on the constitution.
After the agreement signing ceremonies, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation met with US ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein in order to bid farewell on the occasion of expiring his tenure as a diplomatic envoy of the United States in Yemen.
Al-Sa’adi praised the effective role Feierstein has played to strengthen and improve the existing cooperation relations between Yemen and the USA, wishing him all success in his future assignment.
The US ambassador expressed appreciation of the facilities he has received during carrying out his diplomatic mission in Yemen, expressing his best wishes to succeed the ongoing political process in the country.