WASHINGTON-- The United States is constantly reviewing the support it gives the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said, without suggesting any curtailment in assistance was likely.

"We are constantly reviewing what support we are giving, yes," Mattis told reporters.

"Our conduct there is to try to keep the human cost of innocents being killed accidentally to the absolute minimum. That is our goal where we engage with the coalition."

"Our goal is to reduce this tragedy and to get it to the UN brokered table as quickly as possible."

Mattis also said the United States was concerned about Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile defence system that cannot be integrated into NATO.

The United States has already warned Turkey that it would be subject to sanctions and its purchase of Lockheed Martin fighter jets would be jeopardized if Ankara does not drop plans to purchase the missile defence system.

"Clearly, Turkey bringing a Russian anti-aircraft, anti-missile system into a NATO country - we cannot integrate that into NATO. Yes, it does concern us and we do not recommend that," Mattis said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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