The foreign secretary has said Britain will support the government of Yemen in its fight against terrorism.
A short international meeting was held in London last week, leading to the formation of a new grouping - the Friends of Yemen – which will drive economic and political reform.
Yemen, the poorest state in the Gulf region, came to international prominence last month when it emerged that a suspected Islamic terrorist accused of trying to blow up a plane over the US had been trained there.
A group calling itself Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day attack over Detroit.
Foreign secretary David Miliband said that the London meeting had galvanised international support for a new package of economic and political reform.
Yemen suffers from a lack of democracy and weak government and the country's prime minister gave a "brutally honest" assessment of his country's problems at last week's meeting.
Miliband said there is widespread support for Yemen's pledge to tackle terrorism and the UK would be increasing its support to the Yemeni coastguard.
Economic reform is supported by the IMF and 25 countries have signed up as Friends of Yemen.
Shadow foreign secretary William Hague said he is confident the Yemeni government will take urgent action on reform.
Miliband replied that words not deeds are what is required.
While Gulf states have pledged aid money to Yemen, after a 2006 conference on the country pledges were made – so far only a small proportion have actually been honoured.
Keith Vaz (Lab, Leicester East) said Yemen had suffered from promises that were broken by the international community.
He suggested the UK donate a full body scanner, to allow international passenger flights to resume from Yemen's airport.
Miliband said a scanner would not immediately end a ban on Yemen flights into the UK.
Sir Menzies Campbell (Lib Dem, North East Fife) said Al Qaeda in Yemen poses a threat to the whole region, requiring more than just assistance for the coastguard.
The foreign secretary said the security effort is not limited to the coastguard.