Tillerson scolds Saudi Arabia over Yemen, Qatar, Lebanon

Tillerson scolds Saudi Arabia over Yemen, Qatar, Lebanon

"I think we've been clear when it comes to Yemen, we have called for, and President Trump himself called for this week, a complete end to the blockade of Yemen, a reopening of all the ports to not just humanitarian assistance but commercial delivery as well, because about 80% of the food comes in on commercial shipments", Tillerson said.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in response to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite dissident leader. No injuries were reported.

"The U.S. strongly supports the reforms that are being undertaken in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Iranian media quoted Rouhani as saying: "If Saudi Arabia, our neighbouring country, stops bombing Yemen from tomorrow and stand up against Israel and relies on its own people, we do not see any barriers in front of improving our relations with them".

As the war drags on, seven million people are believed to be on the brink of starvation and a cholera outbreak has caused more than 2,000 deaths. "We are asking that Saudi Arabia allow that access".

"This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately", he said in statement. Saudi Arabia has also split with Trump over his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "This is where we've all got to roll up our sleeves and figure out what you're going to do about medicine and food and clean water, cholera", Mattis said.

But the killing of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has resulted in violent clashes aggravating the humanitarian situation further.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said aid workers were able to reach a number of hospitals and health posts in the capital to distribute trauma kits and equipment.

The firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh by the Houthis last month led to renewed tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

"We're living in a state of fear".

Oxfam International applauded Trump's statement, calling it "long overdue but hugely important".

He also noted "the fact that U.S. support has helped create Yemen's horrific crisis" and called on Washington to cease military assistance if parties don't agree an immediate ceasefire and a political settlement.

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