Riyadh looks to US to end Yemen war

Riyadh looks to US to end Yemen war


Saudi Arabia is looking at the United States for finding a way out of its devastating war in Yemen. It believes the United States, their stalwart ally, can play a critical role, according to the the International Crisis Group. The ICC, which researches ways to end conflicts, said the US should appoint a special envoy and suspend most arms shipments to the Saudis with a promise to resume them once the kingdom ends its four-year offensive against Huthi rebels in their neighbour.

The Saudi-led coalition 'needs to stop thinking about how to eke out some notional victory and instead commit itself wholly to finding a political exit, regardless of whether that means empowering the Huthis more than it is comfortable within the short term,' the group said.

'The US should lead the way by finding its own exit,' it said. The report comes after US Congress, alarmed at mounting civilian casualties and hunger in Yemen, as well as Saudi Arabia's killing of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voted to cut off US support to the war effort. The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, who has closely allied himself with Saudi Arabia, has threatened to veto the bill but has not yet done so. The Democratic Senator, Mr. Chris Murphy, a leading critic of the Yemen war, said that even if Mr. Trump goes ahead,the Congress can serve as a 'bad cop' to pressure the Saudis to change course.