President Biden has pledged to assist in ending Yemen’s seven-year civil conflict and alleviating the humanitarian disaster that has resulted. However, this would need US pressure on Saudi Arabia, which has been implicated in the war’s escalation.
According to NPR’s Jackie Northam, recent US weaponry sales to Saudi Arabia have cast doubt on Biden’s attempts. President Biden spelled out his foreign policy strategy within a month of entering office, which included a vow to resolve the long-running crisis in Yemen.
The Biden administration hoped that halting some arms supplies would put pressure on Saudi Arabia to reach an agreement with Houthi rebels backed by Iran. But, ten months later, the conflict is continuing, and the Houthis are moving in on Marib’s final foothold of the government in the city.