Saudi Arabia suspending Yemen blockade that Sen. Young campaigned to end

US Senator Todd Young is pointing to a months-long campaign that he spearheaded after Saudi Arabia announced it will allow commercial food and fuel shipments to Yemen's most important port for humanitarian relief.

The Republican senator from Indiana has been campaigning since March to eliminate what he calls 'Saudi Arabia's starvation blockade that has helped cause the world's largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen.'

Senator Young issued this statement on Wednesday:

“Following my efforts since March, I welcome the announcement that Saudi Arabia will finally suspend its starvation blockade of Yemen, and I am monitoring the situation closely to ensure Riyadh fully honors its commitments.  Unimpeded commercial food and fuel access and the delivery of the U.S.-funded cranes to the port of Hodeidah can save millions of lives.  I am grateful for the recent steps the Trump administration took to make clear to Riyadh that the use of food as a weapon of war is immoral, counterproductive, and illegal.

If Saudi Arabia fails to implement its commitments or resumes its starvation blockade, I will work with the administration and my colleagues in Congress to implement relevant U.S. Law.”

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(This story was originally published on December 21, 2017)


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