Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Donald Trump asks Saudi Arabia to permit rapid assist to Yemen

Donald Trump asks Saudi Arabia to permit rapid assist to Yemen

Tillerson's comments also come after US President Donald Trump released a statement on Wednesday saying he had directed officials in his administration "to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it". About 8 million people are on the brink of starvation with outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria.

Trump stopped short of calling for a pause in the US-backed, Saudi-led bombing of the country, which is enduring what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh by the Houthis last month led to renewed tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in early 2016 in protest against the attacks against Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran following the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.

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But the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has resulted in violent clashes aggravating the humanitarian situation further.

Even as ties improve, however, U.S. diplomats and intelligence analysts privately express anxiety over some of the more hawkish actions by Saudi Arabia's crown prince, especially toward Yemen and Lebanon, as Saudi Arabia seeks to contain Iranian influence.

Schuller says we must pray for peace between the Sunnis and Shias.

He said residents were stocking up on supplies but that fuel shortages were a big concern for the days ahead.

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In a speech broadcast yesterday, Rouhani said the regional rivals could have "good relations" if the Saudis end their "misguided friendship" with Israel and halt the "inhuman bombardment" of Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling Iranian-allied rebels known as Houthis.

America has supported the coalition through weapons sales, air-to-air refueling of jets and some limited intelligence sharing.

"His statement is important, and I expect Saudi Arabia to heed our calls", he added.

"We do not want the "new Hitler" of Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East", he said.

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