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#35 Senators press Trump administration on Yemen civil war

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A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Trump administration to adhere to a recently signed law requiring certification that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are meeting certain humanitarian criteria or else cut off some U.S. military assistance.

The letter is in response to the ongoing conflict in Yemen which the senators say has led to a "humanitarian crisis" that will lead to increasing "threats to" U.S. interests as it continues.

"As you know, Yemen is suffering from the world's worst humanitarian crisis," the senators wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"The ongoing civil war has caused or exacerbated these horrific humanitarian conditions. Iran and other nefarious actors have capitalized on the instability resulting from the civil war to threaten the U.S., our partners, and our interests. We believe this humanitarian crisis and the threats to our interests will only worsen the longer the civil war continues."

The letter was organized by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) and co-signed by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

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