Yemen President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi has expressed desire to revive Sana'a Coalition that includes Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Djibouti and Somalia, the state news agency, Saba, said.
In a phone call with the Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis on Friday, Hadi stressed the importance of activating the coalition and develop its tasks.
It was set that the coalition states would have met in Sana'a in late 2010 or at the beginning of 2011, but the meeting was put off due to the recent events Yemen witnessed.
That Sana'a Coalition aims at maintaining security, stability and counter-piracy in the African Horn, but Eretria says it aims at isolating it despite it was invited to join the coalition.
Yemen is among the states that suffers much from piracy as its ships and fishermen are always targeted by African pirates.
Yemeni government sources had said that Yemen lost $150 million in 2011 due to sea piracy, pointing out that piracy in the Gulf of Aden
affected on thousands of Yemeni fishermen and deprived them from their living income. They spelt out that scores of Yemeni commercial and fishing ships and that 15 Yemeni fishers were killed by pirates. Piracy acts in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea affect on fishermen and led to the decline of fish products and harm the international navigation line and fish production.
Media sources stated that 57 ships were hijacked in the Yemeni territorial waters with 225 failed hijacking attempts in 2010 alone.
Seaborne gangs have been exploiting political turmoil in Yemen to smuggle fuel, and possibly other supplies including food.