The U.S. has more than doubled its aid to Yemen this year to $345 million, said Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Of that total, $185 million is to support political transition, humanitarian assistance and development, Shah said in a speech whose text was distributed to reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh today.
Shah is attending a conference to raise funds for Yemen, the poorest Arab country, where a popular uprising last year forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cede power. His former deputy and successor, Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, faces continued street protests, separatist movements and an insurgency by al-Qaeda militants as he seeks to restore stability. The government estimates it needs $11 billion in foreign aid.