Britain and the United States will jointly fund a counter-terrorism unit in Yemen, reported the Press Association, citing a Sunday announcement by the British government.

The British administration said the plan had been agreed upon by the two nations in response to the failed attempt by an al-Qaeda operative to down a passenger jet in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.

Additionally, the two countries will seek more United Nations’ intervention against the growing terrorism threat out of Somalia, where a weak central government has been unable to control the growing threat of local terrorist groups.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Friday called for a summit of world leaders later this month to discuss the security situation in Yemen.

The proposed Yemeni counter-terrorism unit would be funded jointly by the United States and Britain. It would also provide support for Yemen’s coast guard.

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