Senate Passes Boozman-Supported Resolution Calling for Diplomatic Solution in Yemen, Condemning Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Dec 13 2018
WASHINGTON– The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution that calls for a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Yemen, declares there is no statutory authority for U.S. involvement in the conflict and explicitly holds Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, authored the resolution and introduced it with the help of U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and eight other original cosponsors. The text of the resolution can be found here.
Boozman made the following statement after Senate-passage of the resolution:
“Americans are understandably concerned that the ongoing civil war in Yemen is having a tragic, devastating impact on innocent civilians. They recognize the extent that Saudi involvement has exasperated the conflict and are rightfully upset over the Saudi government’s role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. I share each of these concerns and believe there is a need to responsibly express them to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
My colleagues and I understand that the U.S. needs to use our longstanding relationship with the Kingdom to call on the Saudis to de-escalate the conflict in Yemen and to hold those responsible for the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi accountable. That is why unanimous passage of this resolution is important.
It condemns the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi and demands accountability for those involved in his death. It declares there is no statutory authorization for U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen, reaffirms our support for the peace negotiations currently underway and supports the decision to cease air-to-air refueling of the Saudi-led coalition aircraft operating in Yemen.
This resolution delivers a strong message to the administration that the Senate is clearly unified in these demands.”