İrem UZUN -TDO- President Joe Biden announced Thursday the United States was ending support for a five-year Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen that has deepened suffering in the Arabian peninsula’s poorest country, calling the move part of restoring a U.S. emphasis on diplomacy, democracy and human rights. “The war has created a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” Biden said. “This war has to end.”

Biden also said he is appointing Timothy Lenderking, a career diplomat with long experience in Gulf and Yemen affairs, to be his point person on the conflict. The president signaled during his campaign that he would take a different approach to Yemen and the Saudi-led military campaign there from that of the Trump administration. U.S. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said the White House has consulted with senior officials in Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates about its decision.  “We are pursuing a policy of ‘no surprises’ when it comes to these types of actions,” Sullivan said, “So they understand that this is happening and they understand our reasoning and rationale for it.

Biden also reaffirmed the importance of reinstating the global U.S. leadership and participation in international institutions.  He vowed to make a stand against the forces of authoritarianism, spearheaded by Russia and China, and defend the American values on the international scene. 

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