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Senators Ask Pompeo to Boost U.S. Support for Yemen Peace Effort

  • Group wants U.S. to pressure Saudi Arabia, Yemen on cease-fire
  • UN has warned it may have to cut humanitarian programs
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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to pressure Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s president to accept a UN envoy’s push for a broad cease-fire and move toward political talks to end the conflict.

In a letter to Pompeo on Tuesday, the nine senators said the U.S. is uniquely positioned to bring together all sides for talks given its influence with Saudi Arabia, where Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi is now based. They said the threat of Covid-19 brings new urgency to a peace process that has so far been overseen by United Nations special envoy Martin Griffiths.