WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday applauded the Biden’s administration’s announcement to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen:
“For the last six years, the war in Yemen has led to a horrific humanitarian crisis that has hurt U.S. security and moral credibility. Today’s actions by President Biden are a decisive first step to bring this nightmare to an end. Ending American support for offensive operations and appointing a special envoy for Yemen makes it clear that the administration is making this a top foreign policy priority,” said Murphy. “When I first started sounding the alarm on this crisis back in 2015, I was virtually alone. But today offers hope that our participation in this national security cataclysm is coming to an end.”
Last week, Murphy spoke on the U.S. Senate floor about the importance of the Biden administration’s actions to end the war in Yemen and reset the U.S.-Gulf relationship. Murphy specifically praised the administration’s decision to withdraw from the military coalition in Yemen, pause arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and review the Trump administration’s misguided Foreign Terrorist Organization designation for the Houthis in Yemen. All of these actions together will help save civilian lives and rebalance our strategic partnerships with the Gulf. Murphy first began talking about the need to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen dating as far back as early 2015.