Exclusive: Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list

Credit: Reuters India- Published on June 18, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war, according to four people familiar with the matter.
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Published on June 18, 2019 -  00:34
Pompeo Blocks Inclusion of Saudis On U.S. Child Soldiers List
According to Reuters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a U.S. list of countries that recruit child soldiers. Pompeo dismissed his experts’ findings that a Saudi-led coalition has been using under-age fighters in Yemen’s civil war. The decision could prompt new accusations by human rights advocates and some lawmakers that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is prioritizing security and economic interests in relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

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