The State Department said on Monday that Washington and Riyadh agreed to support political progress in Yemen, which has been racked by in a bloody power struggle for nearly four years between the Yemen`s internationally recognized government backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and the Iranian-backed Houthis group (Ansar Allah).
In a statement following a meeting between Saudi Minister of Affairs Adel al-Jubeir and Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the State Department that the two ministers agreed on the importance of continuing to support political progress in order to achieve peace in Yemen.
The Secretary and the Minister looked forward to working together to continue building upon the important, strategic partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
The conflict in Yemen escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi.
The State Department said that Pompeo discussed with al-Jubeir in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh the need for continued regional efforts to stand against the Iranian regime’s malign activity and critical regional issues, including Iran, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Libya, and Afghanistan, stressing the the importance of Saudi Arabia continuing its investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The US Secretary of State expressed his gratitude for Saudi support for the United Nations political process in Yemen.
The US embassy in Riyadh said in tweeter that the US Secretary of State agreed with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the need to continue calm and abide by the terms of the Swedish agreements, especially the cease-fire and redeployment in Hodeida in western Yemen, pointing out that the comprehensive political solution is the only way to end the conflict.
The United Nations is seeking a political solution to end the conflict in Yemen, leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.
The war has pushed the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, with more than two thirds of the 28-million population in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition.
This is the second visit by a US official to Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October 2018, as part of a Middle East tour that began this month from Jordan, including Iraq, Egypt and the Gulf countries.
The US State Department said Pompeo would visit Oman later on Monday and postpone his visit to Kuwait as part of his Middle East tour for family reasons.