The Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement has strongly censured US President Donald Trump’s veto of a Congress resolution directing him to end support for the Saudi-led war against Yemen, describing the measure as a proof that Washington was behind the conflict.
The veto “proves that the United States is not only involved in the war on Yemen but also was behind the decision to go to war,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdelsalam wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Wednesday.
“Others followed that decision and execute the wishes and ambitions of the United States,” Abdelsalam added, referring to Saudi Arabia and its allies involved in the military aggression against Yemen.
He also held the United States responsible for “massacres, crimes and the unjust siege of Yemen.”
Congress had for the first time voted to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and stop US involvement in a foreign conflict.
But Trump vetoed the measure on Wednesday, with the Congress lacking the votes to override him.
“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in a statement.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash (pictured below) later praised Trump’s decision.
“President Trump’s assertion of support to the Arab Coalition in Yemen is a positive signal of US resolve towards America’s allies. Common strategic interests are best served with this clear commitment,” Gargash wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
He also termed Trump’s decision as “timely” and “strategic.”
“Coalition continues to work without interruption to support peace through UN led Stockholm Agreement & its commitment to the humanitarian & political dimensions of the Yemen crisis [remains] unshakable,” Gargash asserted.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.
According to a December 2018 report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN said in a report in December 2018 that over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.