Al Arabiya, 18 April 2017 - US Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced on Tuesday that his country is pushing for UN-sponsored negotiations to put an end to the conflict in Yemen “as soon as possible.”
Mattis was speaking to reporters on the plane that took him to Saudi Arabia, where he will embark in a regional tour on Wednesday to Egypt, Qatar, Israel and Djibouti.
“Regarding the conflict, our main objective... is to reach negotiations sponsored by the United Nations to find a political solution as soon as possible,” he stated.
Adding that, “we will collaborate with our allies and our partners to reach the negotiating table under the auspices of the United Nations.”
Mattis said that the rockets fired by the Houthis targeting Saudi Arabia and often leading to the death of people have all the Iranian touchstones on it, adding that “it must stop.”
US Defense Secretary James Mattis was received by the Commander in Chief Abdul Rahman Al-Bunyan.