Two US senators seek end to Saudi war on Yemen thru Trump administration

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Yemen
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Bipartisan demand to end Saudi-led war on Yemen came from two US senators, also the members of Foreign Relations Committee, who urged Trump administration to use leverage that it has, because the worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen due to the said war would deteriorate further.

Shiite News Monitoring Desk reported that said demand has come from Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, represents New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate and Todd Young, a Republican, represents Indiana in the U.S. Senate.
These two US Senators wrote an Op-Ed for Washington to express their views on Yemen crisis. They wrote the civil war in Yemen has been raging for more than three years and has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The statistics are staggering: Three-quarters of Yemen’s population, approximately 22 million people, need humanitarian assistance; 8 million are threatened with starvation; and 400,000 children suffer from severe malnutrition. Yemenis are experiencing the worst outbreak of cholera in modern history. Devastation of schools, health-care facilities, and water and sewer infrastructure further compounds the crisis.
Yemen is also one of the world’s worst terrorist havens. In addition to having an ISIS (Daesh) presence, Yemen is headquarters for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is widely viewed as al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate.
The US senators also tried to blame Iran but as a matter of fact Iranian role is very much positive and logical. However, the Senators claim the civil war has provided Iran an opportunity to extend its “malign activities” in the Middle East, threatening the United States, our partners and our regional interests.” (This, in fact is incorrect because Saudi-led military coalition unilaterally imposed war invading Yemen instead of backing peaceful solution to the political crisis.)
US Senators wrote: “The ongoing civil war is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and terrorist threat. A major contributor to the devastation and chaos is the indiscriminate bombing campaign led by a coalition made up of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which receives refueling, intelligence and targeting support from the United States.
“Last month alone, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed dozens of children in two separate incidents. The possibility that U.S. munitions might have been used in the strikes has only heightened the sense of urgency to end these attacks on civilians.
“We believe the United States’ national security interests and our humanitarian principles demand that we use our leverage to press all parties to end the civil war, protect civilians, and provide full and unfettered humanitarian access. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently warned that U.S. support for the coalition is “not unconditional.” We have already seen the transformative effect of demanding accountability when, after pressure from Congress and then the administration, the Saudi-led coalition opened a port it had closed as part of a starvation blockade of Yemen.
“That’s why we have led bipartisan efforts in Congress to introduce and pass legislation into law that gives the Trump administration leverage that it can use to achieve our policy objectives and hold Saudi Arabia and the UAE accountable.
“The annual defense bill that President Trump signed into law establishes a legal requirement for the secretary of state to submit written, detailed and unclassified certifications to ensure the Saudi-led coalition is taking steps to end the war, alleviate the humanitarian crisis and protect civilians. These certifications must be submitted to Congress no later than Wednesday. Without them, the law would prohibit U.S. air refueling assistance to Saudi-led coalition aircraft conducting missions exclusively focused on the civil war.
“As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we have closely studied the situation in Yemen and believe the best way to oppose Iran in Yemen and stop ballistic missile attacks on our partners is to bring all parties to the negotiating table. We believe there is a moral imperative to do everything we can to ensure the Saudi-led coalition stops killing civilians. In fact, the indiscriminate targeting of civilians will only push more Yemenis toward Iran and its proxies — giving Tehran increasing opportunities to threaten Americans, our allies and our interests.”
(As a matter of fact, US unwarranted support to Israel and Saudi and other allies and its own wars on Muslim countries have already pushed the entire Muslim and Arab world to Iran because only Iran supports them against unjustifiable attacks and for their inalienable rights in their respective countries and also at the world forums.)
US Senators wrote: “We stand ready to work with the administration to persuade the Saudis and Emiratis to support our objectives for Yemen and to honor their commitments.
“For the sake of the United States’ interests and our humanitarian principles, we hope the administration complies with the law and submits a good-faith certification by Wednesday. If that does not happen, support for the coalition in Congress may reach a breaking point as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis deteriorates further.”

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