US Embassy Statement on Port Closings

We call on all parties to ensure unimpeded air and sea access for commercial and humanitarian shipments needed to avert the growing threat of starvation and disease throughout Yemen.
At the same time, we recognize the need for monitoring and controls such as the ones instituted by the UN in coordination with the Coalition to ensure that these shipments are not used to smuggle in weapons such as the missile fired at Riyadh last Saturday. Such missile attacks threaten regional security and undermine UN efforts to negotiate an end to the conflict.
We call for a return to peace talks under UN auspices in order to reach a political solution to the conflict and provide humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.