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Mattis: Supporting the Arab Coalition in Yemen is the right thing to do

The Trump administration has reviewed the US’s support for the Arab Coalition in Yemen, and has “determined that it is the right thing to do”, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday.

“We reviewed the support for the Arab Coalition when we came into office, we determined that it was the right thing to do to support them in the defense of their own countries but also to restore the rightful government there,” Mattis said.

Mattis added that the US’s aim in Yemen is to keep the “human cost at an absolute minimum”, and that this is where they engage with the coalition.

“In Yemen, as a general statement, we stay out of the war ourselves, and we are focused on defeating ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, that’s where we conduct operations,” Mattis said.

He added that the US aims to get the Yemen issue to the “UN-brokered table as quickly as possible”.