U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday and emphasised U.S. dedication to serving to Saudi Arabia defend its territory and folks, the Pentagon mentioned.
Austin and Prince Mohammed mentioned regional safety, notably efforts to finish the struggle in Yemen, and “ongoing bilateral efforts to enhance Saudi Arabia’s defenses,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned in an announcement.
Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who’ve managed most of northern Yemen since 2014, have saved up cross-border assaults on Saudi Arabia and are urgent an offensive to grab Yemen’s gas-rich Marib area.
A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted a Saudi-backed authorities from the capital Sanaa. The Houthis say they’re combating a corrupt system and international aggression.
Austin “famous Saudi Arabia’s latest successes in defeating Houthi assaults on the Kingdom” and thanked the crown prince for working with U.S. particular envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking to finish the Yemen struggle, Kirby mentioned.
Final month, Lenderking criticized the Houthis for not partaking critically in stalled efforts to safe a ceasefire. He additionally urged the coalition to take away restrictions on all Yemeni ports and airports.
Greater than 100,000 folks have been killed within the struggle, most of them civilians, and tens of millions of Yemenis depend on humanitarian help to outlive.
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