UAE backs Saudi rejection of US Senate vote on Yemen

Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it stands with Riyadh in promoting stability in the Middle East

FILE PHOTO: Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) speak after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
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The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it stands in solidarity with Saudi Arabia in rejecting recent US Senate resolutions that called for an end to US support for the war in Yemen and blamed the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the ministry said that it stands against anyone attempting to undermine the Kingdom’s position and its regional status.

“The UAE expressed support for Saudi Arabia’s statements condemning the decision by the US Senate and is against anyone who attempts to tarnish the kingdom’s role in the region,” the WAM statement read.

“The ministry also reaffirmed its stalwart stance towards Saudi Arabia in its effort to fight terrorism and extremism,” the statement continued.


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The move comes after Riyadh angrily rejected the votes that passed with bipartisan support, saying they were “based on baseless allegations and accusations”. It accused the US Senate of interference in its internal affairs.

US President Donald Trump has the power to ignore the symbolic resolutions. Both he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have insisted that there is no concrete evidence linking the Saudi prince to the killing of the former Washington Post columnist.