Yemeni Official: ‘US Supports Terrorists Here, Just Like They Do in Syria, Iraq’
On his way to Riyadh, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis offered Yemen a glimmer of hope when he said that the conflict there needs to be resolved “as quickly as possible” through UN-sponsored peace negotiations. However, Yemeni politician Muhammad Anam says Yemenis shouldn’t get their hopes up, since the US is really pursuing other interests.
“We will work with our allies, with our partners to try to get it to the UN-brokered negotiating table,” Mattis said, speaking to reporters on his way to Saudi Arabia as part of his week-long Mideast trip.
rying to find a balance between supporting an end to the war and support for the US’s Saudi allies, who have engaged in a brutal military campaign against the Houthi militia that took over much of the country in 2014, Mattis emphasized that both sides would benefit from a peaceful settlement.
“It has gone on for a long time, we see Iranian-supplied missiles being fired by the Houthis into Saudi Arabia and this is something, with the number of innocent people dying inside Yemen, it has simply got to be brought to an end,” Mattis said, recalling the flimsy allegation by Riyadh that the Houthis were really an Iranian client.
The secretary of defense offered no details about whether the US would promise any additional military support to the Saudi-led coalition, but indicated that Washington would be looking to ‘deepen and broaden’ the US-Saudi relationship.