Greater efforts need to be made to find a political solution to the conflict in Yemen, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday at a security conference in the Gulf state of Bahrain.
However, Johnson, while maintaining that violence alone was not enough to stabilize Yemen, did express understanding for Saudi Arabia's airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by regional rival Iran.
The statements come a day after Johnson was shown criticizing both Saudi Arabia and Iran for "proxy wars."
In statements published from a conference in Rome last week, Johnson blamed the two countries for "not having strong enough leadership."
"That's why you've got the Saudis, Iran, everybody, moving in and puppeteering and playing proxy wars," he said.
The British government distanced itself from the remarks.