White House objects resolution to US support of Saudi-Yemen war

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-03-13 | Since 2 Month

White House seeks to thwart Congress attempts to stop support for Saudi Arabia

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White House advisers recommended on Wednesday that President DonaldT Trump veto a resolution to end Washington's support for Saudi Arabia in the ongoing war in Yemen.

The recommendation comes from the White House at a timet the US Senate is set to vote on Wednesday aimed to pressure President Donald Trump to tighten his policy toward Riyadh, according to "Reuters" news agency,

In February, the US House of Representatives approved a war power resolution calling on the United States to end military support for Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military coalition to support the Yemen's internationally recognized government in its war against the Iranian-backed Houthis group (Ansar Allah).

A total of 248 deputies voted in favor of the bill, 177 opposed and one abstained in the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats.

The war power resolution is due to be put to a vote in the US Senate with a majority of Republicans, but the law will only be valid if approved by US President Donald Trump, who has close ties to the Saudi regime.

The resolution would direct US President Donald Trump to remove US military forces from hostilities in or "affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al-Qaida or associated forces.

Wednesday's vote is the Senate's second vote on the war powers resolution in four months, but the law will be in effect only if approved by US President Donald Trump, who has close ties to the Saudi regime.

The Senate approved the resolution with 56 votes and 41 abstentions last December, blaming Tramp for anger at Saudi Arabia over civilian casualties in the Yemen war and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his consulate in Istanbul.

The United States Army have provided logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led Arab military coailtion in Yemen since late March 2015 in the war against the Iranian-backed Houthis, including Aerial refueling, before Riyadh and Washington announced a halt to refueling last November.

The United States is also launching air strikes by drons on al-Qaeda and ISIS elements in the poor country.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it will use its veto against an attempt in Congress to end US military support for Saudi Arabia and its coalition.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthis seen as proxy for Iran in the Arab Peninsula country.

The conflict has left hundreds of thousands killed or injured and 3 million displaced, pushing the country to the world's worst humanitarian crisis,according to the UN, with most of the 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.

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