White House says 'job not done' in Yemen

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki

There is remaining instability in Yemen and much more work needs to be done in the region, the White House said a day after Saudi Arabia indicated it would halt airstrikes against the impoverished nation.

"Obviously, the job is not done," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday on CNN.

"There is remaining instability in the region, in Yemen," she stated. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done and we're going to be doubling down and continuing to work on that with our partners around the world."

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia declared the end of "Decisive Storm" operation against Yemen, and announced the beginning of a new phase dubbed "Operation Restoring Hope," Saudi state TV reported.

According to a Saudi military statement, the new operation would be aimed at commencing political talks and delivering aid.

The United States welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision and called for talks to end the conflict.

A Yemeni man points at a blood stain on the ground in a damaged street following a raid by Saudi warplanes on Fajj Attan hill in the capital, Sana’a, on April 20, 2015.


A day after Saudi Arabia’s announcement, however, Saudi warplanes launched at least five airstrikes against a military base in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Several other airstrikes were also reported across the impoverished country.

Jen Psaki stressed Wednesday the importance of a diplomatic solution. "There’s no other solution that's going to work."

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement started on March 26, without a United Nations mandate, in a bid to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

More than 1,000 people, including women and children, have lost their lives in the month-long Saudi-led aggression.


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