U.S. Pressure Saudi Arabia to reach peace deal with Houthis

U.S. Pressure Saudi Arabia to reach peace deal with Houthis

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker said his country is putting political pressure on Saudi Arabia over Yemen.

"We are putting pressure on our Saudi allies to reach a peace agreement with the Houthis," Schenker said at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Last September, Schenker disclosed direct peace talks with pro-Iranian Houthis in Yemen.

During a tour of the region, during which he met with the Yemeni president and the Saudi leadership, David Schenker said his country's focus was "on ending the war in Yemen ... and we are in talks with the Houthis to try to find a negotiated solution to the conflict that is acceptable to both sides."

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a military alliance that it says is to support the (recognized) Yemeni government against Houthi militias.

The ongoing war for the fifth year has left thousands dead and wounded, as well as more than four million internally and externally displaced persons, exacerbating the country's famine and poverty, causing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to UN reports.


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