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From Aljazeera News:

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" over Yemen's political crisis, after denouncing Iran's alleged role in the turmoil as an "act of aggression."

Can I use on in the place of over? For example: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" on Yemen's political crisis.

  • Either could probably be justified, but my own preference would be to use as regards. But more importantly than that, the expression is tautological. The word necessary is synonymous with needed. So if the measures are necessary, clearly, by definition, they are needed. A better form would be simply to take measures if needed. – WS2 Mar 24 '15 at 23:30
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    Necessity is the mother of intervention. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 24 '15 at 23:43
  • News copyreaders would aim for brevity.'on' or 'over' Yemen's political crisis sounds clunky to an English-speaker's ear--so does 'if needed'. – user3847 Mar 28 '15 at 23:46
  • Better to say: The Kingdom is ready to take necessary measures to quell Yemen's political crisis'. No need to say 'if necessary' since the kingdom is ready to take necessary measures. 'Quell' means to suppress, put an end to..., extinguish. – user3847 Mar 29 '15 at 0:07

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