Curbing the US support for the Saudi-led coalition will lead Yemen to be a puppet state in Iran's hands, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.
At press conference, Pompeo said Washington "disagrees that curbingourassistanceto the Saudi-led coalition"will end the war in support of Yemeni government against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, arguing that continued assistance would prevent prolonged crisis in Yemen and confront Iranian influence.
Alleviating Yemeni people's sufferings is not through obstructing our partners and prolonging the conflict, he added, but through providing the coalition with support needed to defeat the rebels and ensure fair peace.
"If you truly care about Yemeni lives, you'd support the Saudi-led effort to prevent Iran fromimposingits domination in the region," Pompeo continued.
The Secretary's remarks comes following a Senate vote on Wednesday to pass a resolution providing for an end to US support for coalition, a move the Trump administration is refusing and expected to use veto to stop it.
On Thursday, the Secretary of State met with the UN Envoy Martin Griffiths in Washington to discuss the developments in Yemen and efforts to push parties to apply agreements reached in Sweden.
Pompeo and Griffiths deliberated the redeployment of forces in Hodeida, prisoner swap and upcoming steps in the political process, said deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State, Robert Palladino.
Pompeo expressed concern at Houthi deliberately delay to obstruct progress in implementing Stockholm Agreement.
The Secretary of State and UN envoy for Yemen agreed on the need for parties to respect commitments they made in Sweden and continue work to push the political process forwards, Palladino added.
US ambassador to Yemen on Thursday accused Houthis of obstructing the implementation of Hodeida redeployment plan and Stockholm Agreement.
At his meeting with the Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid al-Yamani in Riyadh, the US envoysaid developments in the country following the UN Security Council Wednesday session obviously indicate Houthis' obstructing the implementation of Hodeida redeployment plan and Stockholm Agreement.
Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015 to reinstate the government of President Hadi,leaving tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.
Parties to the 4-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, reached on the 13th of last December an agreement providing for ceasefire in Hodeida and redeployment of both sides' forces, exchanging prisoners and alleviating blockade imposed by Houthis on Taiz.
But none of this has taken place so far, with both sides trading blames for trying to thwart the deal.
The city of Hodeida and its three ports have been under Houthi control since late 2014, while Yemeni joint forces loyal to legitimate government and Arab coalition have massed at the city's fringes seeking to retake the strategic port.