Official: US opposes discontinuing support of Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

The US administration is strongly opposed to discontinuing support of Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen, a US State Department official said. (AP)

The US administration is strongly opposed to discontinuing support of Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen, a US State Department official told a  security summit on Yemen in Abu Dhabi on Sunday..

The United States believes that the Yemen that emerges from civil war should not contain any Iranian-backed threat to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the official added.

"We do believe that the support for the coalition is necessary. It sends a wrong message if we discontinue our support," said Timothy Lenderking, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs.

He stated that the United States is also encouraging the Yemeni government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi militias to engage in peace talks taking place in Sweden.

"Looking down the road we seek a stable and unified Yemen that fosters rather than drains regional and global stability."

"There is no place in a future Yemen for an Iranian-backed threat to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and vital international economic quarters," he said, adding that the coalition was also combating al Qaeda and ISIS militants in Yemen.

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