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Reuters: Yemen War Needs a Political Solution, US Defense Secretary

2017-04-19 - 1:44 am

Bahrain Mirror - Reuters: A political solution through U.N.-brokered negotiations is needed to resolve the conflict in Yemen, U.S. Defense 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. (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mideast-mattis-idUSKBN17J1RA)

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 aerial bombing campaign.

"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 told reporters on his way to Riyadh.

Seven ceasefires brokered between government and rebel forces by the United Nations have failed while U.N.-backed peace talks have repeatedly broken down.

"We will work with our allies, with our partners to try to get it to the U.N.-brokered negotiating table," Mattis said.

He gave no details on what additional support, if any, the United States would provide to the Saudi-led coalition. But he said he was looking to deepen and broaden the relationship between the two countries on the trip.

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