US says Saudi Arabia, UAE doing enough to protect civilians in Yemen

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he had certified to Congress Saudi Araba and the United Arab Emirates “are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure” in their military campaign in Yemen.

US Congress had required the certification for the administration to maintain deliveries of weapons and other support to the Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen.

“We will continue to work closely with the Saudi-led coalition to ensure Saudi Arabia and the UAE maintain support for UN-led efforts to end the civil war in Yemen, allow unimpeded access for the delivery of commercial and humanitarian support through as many avenues as possible, and undertake actions that mitigate the impact of the conflict on civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Pompeo said.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he endorsed and “fully” backed Pompeo’s certification, adding that Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “making every effort” to reduce the risk of civilian casualties and collateral damage. He pointed out the US was working with the UN special envoy to achieve a negotiated end to this fighting.

Source: International Islamic News Agency