The United Arab Emirates, one of the pillars of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Wednesday hailed US President Donald Trump‘s veto of a congressional resolution urging him to stop supporting military operations in the country at war.
“The important decision of President Trump is both timely and strategic,” Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash told reporters on Twitter.
He said the coalition continued to “support the UN’s peace efforts in Yemen” and to take into account the “humanitarian and political dimensions” of the crisis in that war-ravaged country for years.
Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a congressional resolution urging him to stop all US support for the Arab coalition in the war in Yemen.
“This resolution is an unnecessary and dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional powers, endangering the lives of US citizens,” Trump said of the text passed by both houses of Congress earlier this month.
Congress used a law passed in 1973 to limit the president’s military powers in a foreign conflict.
US parliamentarians have called for the end of military operations in Yemen where, since 2015, the Pentagon has been providing “non-combatant support” to the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, a historic ally of the United States.
The conflict in Yemen, which has caused the worst humanitarian disaster in the world according to the UN, has pushed millions of people to the brink of starvation.
It killed some 10,000 people, the majority of them civilians, according to a partial assessment of the World Health Organization (WHO).
However, NGOs estimate that the death toll is significantly higher, with some citing a fivefold increase.