US President Joe Biden and Saudi leadership’s bid to end Yemen’s war is not gaining traction
A revived effort to end Yemen’s war under the administration of US President Joe Biden appeared to be faltering on Wednesday when the UN’s envoy to the country said peace talks had hit a roadblock. Since taking office in January, the Biden administration has sought to bring an end to Yemen’s conflict by withdrawing support for offensive operations by the Saudi-led coalition that is battling Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels. Analysts say the conflict is also enmeshed in broader tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran amid the Biden administration’s efforts to revive an international deal restricting Tehran’s nuclear programme. The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government from Sanaa. The war has created what the US calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with some 80 per cent of the country’s population of 29 million needing aid and 13 million facing starvation.