Saudi Arabia said on Friday that President Joe Bidenâ€™s speech recommitting the United States to global alliances, during which Biden alsoÂ announced an end to US involvement in Yemen’s war,Â showed Americaâ€™s â€œcommitmentâ€ to working with allies.Â
â€œPresident Biden’s speech was historic,â€ tweeted Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs. â€œHe confirmed America’s commitment to work with friends & allies to resolve conflicts and deal with challenges.”
Al-Jubeir concluded, â€œWe look forward to working with our friends in the US to end conflicts and confront challenges, as we have for over seven decades.â€
During a speech delivered at the State Department on Thursday, Biden pledgedÂ to reclaim US credibility abroad and rebuild alliances fractured in during the previous administration’s “America First” approach to foreign policy.Â
He announced anÂ end to US support forÂ â€œoffensive operationsâ€ in Yemen, as well as the appointment of a special envoy to push for a diplomatic resolution to the six-year civil war. The United States has provided logistical assistance and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which has been fighting the countryâ€™s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels on behalf of the internationally recognized government since 2015.Â
â€œWeâ€™re going to continue to support and help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty and its territorial integrity and its people,â€ added Biden, referencing missile attacks, UAV strikesÂ and other threats from Iran and its regional proxies.Â
In a tweet posted shortly after Bidenâ€™s announcement, Emirati Minister of State Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash praised Timothy Lenderkingâ€™s special envoy appointment as one that would â€œbring new and needed energy”Â to help end the six-year conflict.Â The United Arab EmiratesÂ has scaled back its military involvement in YemenÂ but continues to support the separatist Southern Transitional Council.
Billions of dollars in arms sales to the UAEÂ as well as Saudi ArabiaÂ have been put on hold by the Biden administration pendingÂ review. The Donald Trump administration had pushed through a last-minute deal with the UAE for the sale of as many asÂ 50 F-35 jets, 18 armed drones and other equipment in a deal valued at $23 billion.