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U.S. Senator for Arizona John McCain leaves the American Center after a press briefing in Hanoi August 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kham

Washington- Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain recently highlighted the fact that Yemen would have faced a much worse fate had Saudi Arabia not intervened.

He lauded the Riyadh spent efforts, which are being led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, on backing the course of constitutional legitimacy in Yemen, and protecting Yemenis from the Houthi militia who appropriated state institutions and inhibited the law.

McCain expressed his deep concerns on the Iranian administration’s policy practiced in the Arab region and unjustified meddling in affairs of other regional countries.

Saudi Arabia is a main factor playing in the war against terrorism, said McCain. He considered it regrettable that the international community had completely overlooked Assad’s scandalous atrocities committed against the people of Syria. McCain made a point of the international attention being curbed on fighting terrorism.

His statements were made in light of a visit taken by the Saudi Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council Dr. Mohammed Al-Jafari, who is also heading the delegation visiting the U.S..

The delegation had sat down with McCain on Monday in his office at the U.S. congress center in Washington.

At the meeting, Al-Jafari emphasized the Saudi and the coalition’s efforts in Yemen being launched based upon the request of the constitutionally assigned Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi,

who had sent out a plea to back the people of Yemen against Houthi militias and pro-Saleh followers (armed supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh) and to encourage the course of legitimacy, so that all Yemen is subject to both justice and authority.

Al-Jafari reiterated the importance of sustaining Yemen’s stability being a part of upholding regional peace and security.

The Saudi Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council also exhibited all works employed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism in all shapes and forms. He underlined the efforts spent on fighting extremist ideology, and the legislation of laws inhibiting the funding of terrorist organizations.

Al-Jafari gave emphasis to the royal decrees incriminating all accomplices and those involved in combat outside the kingdom. The decrees also include those affiliated with groups labeled as terrorist organizations.

In his visit, Al-Jafari also met with Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein, a senior democrat.

Feinstein praised Saudi efforts on aiding the people of Syria in light of the devastating humanitarian crisis they are suffering. She also extolled the support given by the Kingdom to the Syrian Opposition.

Visits exchanged by the Saudi Shura Council and U.S. congress confirms solidarity and commitment to developing ties between the two countries, in addition to bringing perspectives on international matters closer to each other.