Biden is expected to appoint senior diplomat Timothy Lendering as Yemen’s special envoy. This is seen as a sign that the United States wants to play a more serious role in ending the country’s civil war.
The previous administration under President Trump supported the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen. The country is bombing other Arab countries with insurgent Houthis with the help of Iran. Trump supplied several weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new government has stopped selling F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates and previously had some arms deals with the Saudis.
More than 100,000 people have already died in the six-year war and severe famine has occurred. According to the UN, this is the biggest humanitarian crisis on earth.
Shortly before Trump’s departure, the United States branded the Houthis terrorists. The new administration in Washington has moved away from that. Foreign Minister Anthony Blingen has said that the Saudi offensive against the Houthis has contributed to Yemen’s deplorable humanitarian situation. He believes it is important for the ‘pessimistic’ Yemeni people to receive humanitarian aid.