AA / Washington
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan visited Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Associated Press reported.
The visit is part of a Sullivan tour, which also includes the United Arab Emirates, according to National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne.
The US agency said the visit will focus on the situation in Yemen, stressing that Washington is trying to pressure the kingdom to reach a ceasefire agreement with the Houthis to end the ongoing conflict. for several years.
The same source claimed, citing senior officials in the US administration, that Sullivan was also scheduled to meet with Deputy Defense Minister, brother of Saudi Crown Prince Khalid bin Salman.
Since 2014, the conflict in Yemen has pitted the forces of the government recognized by the international community against the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran and who have taken control of part of the territory, including the capital Sanaa. The situation was further complicated with the intervention of the Saudi neighbor in 2015, leading an Arab Coalition that carries out military operations to support pro-government forces.
The war in Yemen, ongoing for the seventh year in a row, has claimed the lives of 233,000 people, while 80% of the population of around 30 million depend on aid to survive in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis , according to the United Nations.
* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi
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