US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged the United States’ “unwavering solidarity” and offered “any and all assistance” to New Zealand during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington DC on Friday, in the wake of the mass shooting in Christchurch which killed at least 49.

"I want to offer my personal condolences to the nation of New Zealand in the wake of the grotesque mosque attacks in Christchurch," said Pompeo. "The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and their families today. The United States condemns this hateful assault."

The Secretary of State also criticised a Senate vote, held on Wednesday, to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

"We all want this conflict to end. We all want to improve the dire humanitarian situation," he said. "But the Trump administration fundamentally disagrees that curbing our assistance to the Saudi-led coalition is the way to achieve these goals."

The civil war in Yemen has killed about 155,000 people since the conflict began in 2015, and has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent years with nearly 90,000 children dying from starvation, according to official figures.

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