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U.S. Certifies Saudi Arabia, UAE Trying to Reduce Civilian Casualties in Yemen

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the United
States' administration has certified to the U.S. Congress that coalition
partners, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), are acting to reduce risks to civilians from their military
operations in Yemen.

In a statement, Pompeo said that the two countries are undertaking
demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and
civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these
governments.

"Pursuant to Section 1290 of the John S. McCain National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), I certified to Congress
yesterday that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to
civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations
of these governments," he said, adding that the President Trump
administration “ clearly stated that ending the conflict in Yemen is a
national security priority.

"We will continue to work closely with the Saudi-led coalition to
ensure Saudi Arabia and the UAE maintain support for U.N.- led efforts
to end the civil war in Yemen, allow unimpeded access for the delivery
of commercial and humanitarian support through as many avenues as
possible, and undertake actions that mitigate the impact of the conflict
on civilians and civilian infrastructure,” the statement added.

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