McCain: Yemen situation tragic without Saudi role

US senior senator John McCain added that Saudi Arabia is a ‘key player in the region in the war against terrorism’. (File photo: AP)

Had it not been for Saudi Arabia, Yemen would have reached a catastrophic situation, US Senator John McCain has said, according to pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.

McCain also added that Saudi Arabia is a “key player in the region in the war against terrorism” and expressed regret that “the international community has widely ignored the crimes against humanity committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and focusing mainly on ISIS instead.”

His comments published by Asharq al-Awsat comes after a meeting between the US politician and Deputy Chairman of the Saudi Shura Council Dr. Mohammed al-Jafri, who is currently visiting the United States.

McCain, who is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed the importance of Saudi Arabia defending the legitimacy of Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after armed Iran-backed Houthi militias took over the capital and parts of the country.

The comments also comes following news that four billion dollars have disappeared from Yemen’s Central Bank in the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa and the country is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy, its foreign minister told reporters.

Foreign Mininster Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi did not accuse any side and gave no further details.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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