Senate vote sends clear message: Political solution needed for Yemen

WASHINGTON – In response to today's Senate vote on the resolution to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, the Yemen Peace Project's director of policy and advocacy, Kate Kizer, issued the following statement:

"Today 47 Senators sent a clear message to the Trump administration that Congress will not rubber-stamp the administration's move to pursue a military-only strategy in Yemen, or stand idly by as it floods the region with more weapons with no regard for America's moral and legal obligations.

To Saudi Arabia and the other members of the Saudi-led coalition, this vote made clear that U.S. support for its devastating air campaign in Yemen is not unconditional and will not go un-debated. The only way forward for the Saudi-led coalition and President Hadi in Yemen is to move toward a political solution through diplomatic engagement and a common goal of ending the unprecedented humanitarian suffering faced by all Yemenis.

We thank Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Al Franken (D-MN) for their continued leadership on this important issue, and applaud the members from both parties who voted to block the sale of these weapons of mass starvation to Saudi Arabia."