Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has told reporters that Saudi Arabia and other countries are in discussions with Yemen’s government to reduce their trade and economic ties with the kingdom.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, al-Saud said that he spoke with President Donald Trump in Riyadh, and he told the president that he was happy with the progress of the talks between the Saudis and the Houthis, who control the country’s capital, Sanaa.
“We discussed it with President Trump, and we decided to cut all our bilateral trade with Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“This is a very serious and important development for Yemen, and the rest of the Arab world.”
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen is also negotiating with the Houthi government in an attempt to find a way to resolve their longstanding dispute with Riyadh over control of the capital.
Al-Sudani, the first Arab foreign minister to visit the White House, said in a statement on Monday that the US has agreed to work with the Saudi-backed coalition to end the war in Yemen, but he did not give any further details on what those steps would entail.