The United States welcomes the announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition of a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen and commends Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for supporting this decision. The announcement is a constructive response to the UN Secretary General’s call for the parties to focus on countering the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge the Houthis to respond in kind to the Coalition’s initiative.
Martin Griffiths, the Special Envoy of the Secretary General, has called for urgent talks between the parties to the conflict. We welcome and support the Special Envoy’s call, and urge the parties to cooperate fully with his efforts.