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USA: DefSec Mattis calls for ceasefire in Yemen 'in the next 30 days'03:45

USA: DefSec Mattis calls for ceasefire in Yemen 'in the next 30 days'

United States, Washington DC
October 31, 2018 at 05:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis called for the Saudi-led coalition to cease the bombing of Yemen "in the next thirty days" during a webcast conversation at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, tuesday.

"We have got to move towards a peace effort here, and we can't say we're going to do it some time in the future. We need to be doing this in the next thirty days," said Mattis, adding that "we've admired this problem for long enough down there."

"The longer term solution - and by longer term I mean thirty days from now - we want to see everybody around a peace table, based on a ceasefire, based on a pullback from the border, and then based on ceasing dropping of bombs," added Mattis.

Speaking on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mattis claimed that "eventually Assad will have to be managed out of power," adding that "I don't think any election run under the auspices of the Syrian regime is going to have any credibility."

The US Defence Secretary also commented on the US withdrawal from the The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces [INF] Treaty, stating that "We have done everything we can, I think, diplomatically, the diplomats are still trying by the way."

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United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis called for the Saudi-led coalition to cease the bombing of Yemen "in the next thirty days" during a webcast conversation at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, tuesday.

"We have got to move towards a peace effort here, and we can't say we're going to do it some time in the future. We need to be doing this in the next thirty days," said Mattis, adding that "we've admired this problem for long enough down there."

"The longer term solution - and by longer term I mean thirty days from now - we want to see everybody around a peace table, based on a ceasefire, based on a pullback from the border, and then based on ceasing dropping of bombs," added Mattis.

Speaking on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mattis claimed that "eventually Assad will have to be managed out of power," adding that "I don't think any election run under the auspices of the Syrian regime is going to have any credibility."

The US Defence Secretary also commented on the US withdrawal from the The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces [INF] Treaty, stating that "We have done everything we can, I think, diplomatically, the diplomats are still trying by the way."

Mandatory Credit: US DoD

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