US President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to the United Arab Emirates over the deaths of 45 soldiers killed in Yemen, rather than the victims of the bombing.
The statement added that “The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of the UAE and with the families of the fallen.” Obama’s condolences did not extend to the over 6,100 people killed in Yemen since the Saudi kingdom , backed by UAE and other Arab allies, launched its military aggression against the country on March 26 without a UN mandate.
Saudi Arabia intends to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a strong supporter of Riyadh.
The UAE military deaths occurred on the same day that Saudi King Salman met Obama in Washington, with Yemen high on the agenda of their talks. Obama claims that the US is concerned about Yemen. He says there is a need to restore an all-inclusive functioning government and can relieve the humanitarian situation there. However, it is not clear what type of government Obama wants.