Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arriving at King Salman Air Base, Saudi Arabia, April 18, 2017. © US Department of Defense
Reuters: Yemen war needs a political solution: U.S. defense secretary
A political solution through U.N.-brokered negotiations is needed to resolve the conflict in Yemen, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as he made his first trip in the role to Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, officials have said the United States is considering deepening its role in the Yemen conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies, who are fighting Iranian-supported Houthi rebels.
At least 10,000 people have been killed and more than 3 million displaced in the war, now in its third year. Millions of people are also struggling to feed themselves.
The Houthis control the capital Sanaa and large swathes of territory. The United States backs the Saudi-led coalition which is trying to restore the Aden-based government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power, including through a devastating aeriel bombing campaign.
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WNU Editor: U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis is right that a political solution is the route to go to resolve the Yemen conflict .... unfortunately .... no one is listening.
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