Patient Diplomacy Is Needed In Yemen

March 18, 2019

During the recent Congressional debates about the Yemen war, high priority have been placed on enforcing costs on the Saudi-led military coalition by restricting arms sales and military cooperation. Moreover, last week’s vote in the U.S. Senate is just the latest in a line of Congressional measures sending a message of condemnation about the Trump administration’s military policy in Yemen. However, it’s only one aspect of deeper policy debates, which needs to stress diplomacy.
In order to achieve peace in Yemen, one needs to examine all of the steps needed to help Yemenis attain lasting stability.
To understand the role of the small Sultanate in trying to de-escalate regional tensions and bridge gaps within Yemen, Oman needs to be visited. Renewed, strong U.S. endeavors working with Oman and other partners—to solve the conflict and the humanitarian crisis would help U.S. values and national security interests in this strategic crossroad.
On the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula—bordering Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—Oman’s leading philosophy is to develop positive ties with all its neighbors and important global powers. In Muscat, several senior Omani officials were a part of backing efforts to solve Yemen’s conflict through diplomacy headed by United Nations’ envoy Martin Griffiths. They made clear their resolve is to help mediate a solution.
Oman still lays the groundwork for a orchestrated settlement in Yemen.
Another challenge that remains at the regional and international levels to build continued support for both diplomacy and reconstruction attempts. Yemen has become not just a battle between the people of that nation, but also the focus of a struggle among regional power centers.
Also Yemen’s war is a threat to global and regional security interest. Concluding U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition forces won’t stop the battle or address the humanitarian crisis. Successfully dealing with the grave situation in Yemen will need patient diplomacy, which automatically will see ups and downs going by the nature of the conflict and the militants inside and outside Yemen.

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