Washington — The United States applauded Saudi Arabia’s role in realizing a two-month extension of the ongoing truce in Yemen.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre discussed the Yemen truce in her daily press briefing on Thursday.
She said the ceasefire would not have been possible without cooperative diplomacy from across the region.
Also she cited the courageous leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; King Salman, and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in assisting in consolidating the Yemen truce.
She said, “We welcome the announcement of extending the Yemen truce by two more months. And it is important to make this truce extended today to a permanent truce.”
She confirmed the United States would continue its support for diplomacy to de-escalate tensions in the region.
And it will focus intensively on deterring threats to the friends and partners of the United States in the Middle East.
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The European Union welcomed UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg’s announcement on Friday. It appreciated the two-month extension of the ceasefire.
EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issued a press release from his office in Brussels.
Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative, said since April 2, the Yemen truce has given tangible benefits to the Yemeni people.
He added that the EU encourages the continuation of work to re-open roads, particularly around the city of Taiz.
He confirmed that the EU will continue to work with all parties in Yemen; and will provide full support for the UN special envoy Grundberg to reach a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.