U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday and emphasised U.S. dedication to serving to Saudi Arabia defend its territory and other people, the Pentagon mentioned.
Austin and Prince Mohammed mentioned regional safety, significantly efforts to finish the battle in Yemen, and “ongoing bilateral efforts to improve Saudi Arabia’s defenses,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned in an announcement.
Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who’ve managed most of northern Yemen since 2014, have stored up cross-border assaults on Saudi Arabia and are urgent an offensive to grab Yemen’s gas-rich Marib area.
A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted a Saudi-backed authorities from the capital Sanaa. The Houthis say they’re preventing a corrupt system and overseas aggression.
Austin “noted Saudi Arabia’s recent successes in defeating Houthi attacks on the Kingdom” and thanked the crown prince for working with U.S. particular envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking to finish the Yemen battle, Kirby mentioned.
Last month, Lenderking criticized the Houthis for not participating significantly in stalled efforts to safe a ceasefire. He additionally urged the coalition to take away restrictions on all Yemeni ports and airports.
More than 100,000 folks have been killed within the battle, most of them civilians, and tens of millions of Yemenis depend on humanitarian help to outlive.