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Senator Young wants more accurate Yemen certification

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U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., are urging U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to issue a Yemen certification--whose deadline is Saturday--that better reflects the facts on the ground in that country.

“We remain concerned that the previous Yemen certification submitted to Congress did not accurately reflect known facts on the ground,” the senators wrote in a letter to Pompeo. “As such, any follow-on certification should take all evidence into account and succinctly demonstrate to the Saudi-led coalition that the American people and their representatives in Congress will not stand for the continued disregard of the security and humanitarian interests of the U.S.”

Young and Shaheen worked successfully to include Section 1290 in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which requires the Secretary of State to submit written, detailed, and unclassified certifications related to the efforts of the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to end the civil war, alleviate the humanitarian crisis, and protect civilians in Yemen. Secretary of State Pompeo issued the first certification on Sept. 10, 2018. The statute requires two more certifications from the Secretary of State this year, Feb. 9 and Aug. 8.

“We believe it is vital that our security partners be reminded of their commitments to U.S. interests, laws and humanitarian principles,” the senators wrote. “Section 1290 was drafted to provide the administration with the leverage to achieve its desired outcomes and safeguard American ideals. We note that our provision provides the administration with a national security waiver, if the Department so chooses to use it. If this waiver is utilized, we look forward to reviewing the accompanying report, as required in Section 1290(a)(2)(B). In accordance with the law, we expect to review your written, detailed, and unclassified certification no later than Feb. 9, 2018.”

 

Posted 2/8/2019

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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