U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that Yemen peace talks are likely in December in Sweden, thanks, he said, to the efforts of United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. The United States supports the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting to restore the officially recognized Yemeni government. Houthi rebels are armed, trained and financed by Iran. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the international community is pushing for peace to halt the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
U.S. lawmakers are criticizing President Donald Trump for saying the United States will stand firmly with Saudi Arabia even though he acknowledged Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the brutal killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Lawmakers of both political parties say the U.S. should not abandon its core values for economic interests. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine takes a look at human rights and U.S. foreign policy decisions.