The US government says it wants to continue support for the Saudi war on Yemen despite mounting criticism over the humanitarian crisis in the impoverished country.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Persian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking said on Sunday Washington’s backing for the Saudi war is “necessary” and that its discontinuation “sends a wrong message.”
“Obviously there are pressures in our system … to either withdraw from the conflict or discontinue our support of the coalition, which we are strongly opposed to on the administration side,” he told a security forum in the UAE.
Last month, the US Senate voted to advance a resolution calling for an end to US military support for the Saudi-led coalition, including arms sales and intelligence sharing.
It came in the wake of the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on October 2.
The CIA is said to have…