“America is back. Diplomacy is back”

“America is back. Diplomacy is back”

The new US President Joe Biden presents his foreign policy. He wants to strengthen alliances again and leave US soldiers in Germany. The US is also turning around in Yemen.

The new American President Joe Biden wants to focus more on diplomacy in foreign policy. “America is back. Diplomacy is back,” said Biden in his first foreign policy keynote address to State Department officials. “We will rebuild our alliances.” The elected US President Donald Trump had alienated international allies in the four years of his tenure.

Biden pledged the US would face major challenges such as containing the pandemic and combating climate change. The United States would also “again advocate democracy and human rights worldwide”. He wants to work “shoulder to shoulder” with the US allies and oppose authoritarian states like China and Russia more resolutely.

Plans to withdraw troops from Germany are on hold

Biden is stopping his predecessor Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw 12,000 American soldiers from Germany. In a speech at the State Department in Washington on Thursday, Biden said there will be no troop withdrawal until a thorough review of the worldwide stationing of US soldiers is completed. The plan would have primarily affected three locations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate.

Biden reiterated his demand that the army leadership in Myanmar should withdraw again after the military coup. The military must immediately give up power in the Southeast Asian country, release activists and officials, lift restrictions on telecommunications and refrain from violence, said Biden. Attempts to overturn the outcome of legitimate elections may not be acceptable. The US president had previously threatened sanctions.

“End of American support” in Yemen

In Yemen, the US is making a remarkable U-turn from its previous strategy. The US government will no longer support combat operations in the civil war country. President Joe Biden will appoint a new special envoy to take on a “more active and committed role” in the diplomatic settlement of the conflict, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced in the White House on Thursday.

In the poorest Arab country, a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting the Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran, since 2015. The US military helped with intelligence and logistical support. In addition, billions in arms sales to Riyadh were approved. The war is highly controversial internationally because civilians are repeatedly killed in the process. Biden will announce an “end of American support” in Yemen in a speech at the US State Department on Thursday, Sullivan said.

The new strategy had been discussed in advance with the allies in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. However, US armed forces would continue to undertake anti-terrorism operations in Yemen if it was a question of protecting American interests or the security of allies. The terrorist group AQAP (Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula) is particularly strong in Yemen.

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