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U.S.-Yemen Relations

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa is currently closed due to the ongoing conflict and high level of insecurity within Yemen. Since February 2015, the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and much of his core Yemen Affairs Unit (YAU) staff have been based at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The United States is committed to Yemen’s stability, security and economic recovery, including supporting its ability to counter the malign influence of Iran and defeat terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. The U.S. supports United Nations and Coalition partner efforts to achieve a permanent cessation of hostilities among the parties and a negotiated, inclusive settlement that leads to a unified, representative government led by the legitimate Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG).

In addition to diplomatic activities promoting national reconciliation and dialogue, the United States invests in Yemen’s people and economy. The United States is one of the largest donors to Yemen in terms of humanitarian and developmental assistance and works closely with U.N. agencies, international partners, and several U.S. and local NGO’s. Through flexible assistance efforts that strengthen the ability of Yemeni systems and institutions to meet Yemeni citizen needs, the U.S. and other donors are helping manage conflict and build a foundation for sustainable peace.