Mattis :US stands against Iran’s proliferation of weapons and funding of 'proxy terrorists' in Yemen

Mattis :US stands against Iran’s proliferation of weapons and funding of 'proxy terrorists' in Yemen



US defence secretary James Mattis speaks during the second day of the summit in Manama.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Saturday that Washington vows to end Iran's support for the proliferation of weapons and its funding of militias in the region.

He reiterated Washington's support for its regional partners to defend themselves against Iranian-backed Houthi attacks on their territories and at the same time called for an urgent end to the fighting.

"Proxy forces [supported] by Iran’s regime doesn't lessen their accountability [and] we will stand against Iran's effort to enhance its nuclear programme," he said.

On Yemen, Mr. Mattis said that all wars in the region must end.

“We strive to build the capacity of legitimate Yemeni forces, calling for an urgent end to the fighting,” he said. "Compromise must replace combat".

He told leaders that there is no role for Iran in this conflict, stressing that diplomats should be allowed to "work their magic in Yemen. It's in the interests of the Houthi rebels to engage with UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths."

Mr. Mattis called for support for a UN-backed political process in Yemen.

The US vows to ensure that weapons of mass destruction will stay out of the hands of irresponsible actors to counter emerging terrorist threats.

"Failure of any nation to adhere to international norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most,” he added.




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