U.S. Department Of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2018
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Mark Green met yesterday with international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and to brief the group on the Secretary’s certification to Congress under section 1290 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. They discussed recent efforts by the United Nations’ Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to bring Republic of Yemen Government and Houthi representatives to Geneva for consultations. The Deputy Secretary reiterated the Administration’s full support of the UN-led political process and stressed that there is no military solution to this conflict. The Deputy Secretary and the Administrator discussed the importance of all parties continuing to support the UN Special Envoy; avoiding further escalation of the conflict – including in Hudaydah; coordinating efforts to address Yemen’s economic and humanitarian situation; and committing to a process to reach a comprehensive political agreement that will bring peace, prosperity, and security to Yemen. Participants expressed concern about escalating violence in Hudaydah and noted that the continuing dynamic of desperation in Yemen necessitated measures that would yield tangible results and a sense of improvement.
The Deputy Secretary thanked the NGOs for their continuing cooperation and this frank dialogue. He reaffirmed the United States’ concern about the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, particularly of a humanitarian nature. He said the United States will continue to call on all parties to respect the law of armed conflict, take feasible precautions to avoid harm to civilians, and conduct thorough and transparent investigations into alleged violations.