Theresa May has stopped short of calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a three-year civil war has led to the “most terrifying humanitarian catastrophe on the planet”.
The prime minister was urged to support a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the war-torn country after the US ramped up the pressure by calling on both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels to end their air strikes.
Ms May told MPs that the UK supported calls for “de-escalation” in Yemen but the government’s position remained that a ceasefire would only work if there is a political deal between the conflict parties.
It comes US Defence Secretary James Mattis said all parties must come to the negotiating table within 30 days, while Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, went further by demanding an end the bombing campaign by both sides. Read more