Time to talk
A hint of hope for a ceasefire in Yemen
The Americans call for a truce
At first glance it was surprising. Weeks earlier both secretaries defended the coalition’s conduct. Mr Pompeo certified to Congress that it was trying to avoid civilian casualties, a prerequisite for continued American support. (Human-rights groups and the United Nations disagree with him.) President Donald Trump has hitherto given the Saudis freedom to do as they please.