US Senate to vote on Saudi Yemen war resolution

On Wednesday, the US Senate will vote on a resolution to end Washington’s support for the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen.

By Sohaila Barghash

Since Saudi Arabia played a public role in silencing activism, many countries reconsider their relations with the kingdom.

Lawmakers in the US have been promoting the reduction of support given to the kingdom, aiming to toughen US policy toward Saudi Arabia.

On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for President as a Democrat and is a co-sponsor of the resolution, announced the vote referring to the war as “a humanitarian and strategic disaster.”

This vote counts as the second within four months in the Senate, the first taking place after the chamber passed the measure by 56-41 in December, a rebuke of Trump amid anger at Saudi Arabia’s ignorance toward the cruel deaths in Yemen.

Additionally, the outrage against Saudi Arabia increased after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Yet in order for the resolution to be effective, it must be passed by the new Senate, which was seated in January, as well as the House of Representatives.

Furthermore, it must gather enough votes to override an expected veto by Trump, who has often emphasized the importance of a strategic alliance with Riyadh.

 

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