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US Senate votes on advance measure to end support for S Arabia in Yemen war

Senators voted 63-37 in its support

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 29, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 29, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Senators voted 63-37 in its support

Photo: AFP

The US Senate voted to bring in a measure which will end America’s support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war.

Senators voted 63-37 in support of advancing the resolution to the floor on ending US support, reported BBC. 

Senators were urged by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattisnot to not  back the motion as it would worsen the situation in Yemen. There will be hours of debate and then amendments if the Senate agrees to proceed to the legislation.

The bill, presented by Senator Bernie Sanders and other senators, requires Trump to pull back US troops within 30 days from the Saudi-led war.

Related: Yemen conflict would worsen without US support for Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has been backing Yemen’s government in their fight against Houthi rebels for nearly three years. The White House said Wednesday that if the bill “were presented to the president in its current form, his advisers would recommend that he veto the joint resolution.”

The vote came following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident. Saudi Arabia has been under criticism after this. Republicans and Democrats are concerned about how Trump administration handled the matter.

The president recently dismissed a reported CIA assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave orders for Khashoggi’s killing.

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