September 27, 2019

Young, Murphy Statement on Saudi Arabia Fulfilling Its Commitment to UN Funding For Yemen

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and both members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday made the following statement after Saudi Arabia transferred $500 million to United Nations for humanitarian programs for Yemen:


“During my recent trip to Saudi Arabia, I met with Saudi leaders and received assurances they would soon provide the financial aid they had committed to help end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” said Senator Young. “I’m pleased Saudi Arabia is fulfilling that commitment with their official transfer of $500 million to the UN, and I thank them for doing so. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure this assistance is properly administered to help end the suffering of the Yemeni people.”


“This is very welcome news. Saudi Arabia’s $500 million contribution to the UN’s programs in Yemen will save thousands of lives. However, the world’s largest humanitarian crisis will continue to get worse unless Yemeni leaders and external powers agree to end hostilities and work towards a political agreement to stabilize Yemen. Only the United States has the leverage to bring all parties to the table, and we have a responsibility to get this done now,” said Senator Murphy.


This month, Young and Murphy led a group of 8 bipartisan senators in calling on Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to fulfil the Kingdom’s full commitment of $750 million to the United Nations to help fund critical programs aimed at alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In June after the administration announced their arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Young and Murphy introduced a privileged resolution to begin the process of forcing a vote on arms sales and other security assistance to Saudi Arabia. Young and Murphy’s resolution draws upon Section 502B(c) of the Foreign Assistance Actwhich allows Congress to vote to request information on a particular country’s human rights practices within 30 days.