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Congressional Democrats call on Biden administration to demand Saudi Arabia lift blockade on Yemen

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A group of more than 70 congressional Democrats has sent President Joe Biden a letter pushing the White House to encourage Saudi Arabia to end a blockade of Yemen that has led to food and fuel shortages in the country that have hampered the delivery of desperately needed food aid.

(CNN)A group of more than 70 congressional Democrats has sent President Joe Biden a letter pushing the White House to encourage Saudi Arabia to end a blockade of Yemen that has led to food and fuel shortages in the country that have hampered the delivery of desperately needed food aid.

The letter comes after a CNN report about the impact of the blockade on the ground in Yemen.

The letter, signed by prominent Democrats like House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of California, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York and several members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, specifically calls on Biden to "publicly pressure" the Saudi regime to end the blockade.

In response to the CNN report, Saudi Arabia's top diplomat said the country would agree to a UN-backed proposal to end the conflict in Yemen.

"Ending US support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen alone isn't enough if we allow the blockade to carry on.

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