US House of Representatives adopted resolution to end support for Riyadh in Yemen

Soldiers loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi secure a road near the Mass army barracks after the pro-Hadi forces took it from Houthi rebels in the country's northwestern province of Marib December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Owidha

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US House of Representatives approved a resolution that the United States should stop providing assistance to a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen against the rebellious Ansar Allah (Houthis) formation, reported on Wednesday by The Hill.

The publication notes that 248 legislators expressed support for the resolution, while 177 voted against. It is expected that the Senate will also approve this resolution, after which the US President Donald Trump will have 30 days to sign the relevant decree.

At the same time, as the newspaper notes, the White House threatened to veto this resolution. According to the administration, this document is “erroneous” due to the fact that the US military is not directly involved in an armed conflict.

“Our cooperation with regional partners allows the United States to maintain diplomatic negotiations to end the conflict, expand access to humanitarian aid, reduce civilian casualties, and it also strengthens our efforts to free American hostages in Yemen, defeat terrorists who intend to harm the United States” – leads The Hill statement of the White House.

Washington provides logistical assistance to Riyadh, which leads a coalition that is fighting Ansar Allah (Houthis) in Yemen. The United States also exchanges intelligence and supplies weapons to the belligerents on the coalition side. Earlier, the US military was engaged in refueling coalition fighters in the air, but this kind of support was suspended by the US administration in November last year.

In mid-December 2018, the previous Senate has already voted in support of a similar resolution to end military support to participants in the armed conflict in Yemen. At the same time, the resolution did not arrive at the House of Representatives’s vote last time, since it was expected that it would not receive sufficient support from congressmen.

In Yemen, since August 2014, the confrontation between the government forces and the armed Hussite groups has continued. It moved to the most active phase with the invasion in March 2015 of a coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

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