President Biden declared on Thursday that “America is back” claiming that “diplomacy is back at the centre” of US foreign policy as he stated that the US will end all support for Saudi Arabia’ s offensive operations in Yemen.
One crucial reform that he said would be made in U.S. foreign policy, including the freezing of redeployments by troops in Germany, raising the limit on allowances to the refugees in the US and reaffirming US support for LGBTQ rights worldwide, is Biden’s comments at the State Department.
In a call for values-led engagement with the world, Biden emphasised that the global problems of the moment, including the need to fight “advancing authoritarianism,” can “only be solved by nations working together.”
“We can’t do it alone. … We must start with diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values,” Biden said. “Defending freedom. Championing opportunity. Upholding universal rights. Respecting the rule of law. And treating every person with dignity.”
Biden acknowledged the threat to those values and to US global standing from the attempted insurrection encouraged by former President Donald Trump.
“Though many of these values have come under intense pressure in recent years, even pushed to the brink in the last few weeks, the American people are going to emerge from this moment more determined and better equipped to unite the world to defend democracy because we have fought for it ourselves,” the President said.
Saying to the State Department workers that “we’re going to rebuild our alliances. We’re going to reengage the world and take on the enormous challenges we face dealing with the pandemic, dealing with global warming and again, standing up for democracy and human rights around the world.” he gave a speech that was less formal.
The President, with Vice President Kamala Harris visiting the State department on Thursday, not only announced improvements in strategy and campaign commitments, but overturned Trump management strategies, and reaffirmed US global leaders as well as re-aligning external policy for better middle-class services.
“Everything” says national security advisor Jake Sullivan to the reporters in a briefing in order to anticipate the remarks of the President, is being considered in terms of whether the situation for the working family is “better, safer and easier for working families,”
He said that he would nominate an envoy to concentrate on the ongoing conflict “we are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales,” He said that the conflict is “a war that has created humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” but he also pointed out that the United States will “continue to help and support Saudi Arabia.”
Biden said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is undertaking a “global force posture review” and “freeze any troop redeployments from Germany … so our military footprint is appropriately aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities.”
The President also declared that after years of historical downfall in the Trump administration, he wanted to raise the number of refugees admitted to the United States, thereby fulfilling his campaign pledge.
For this fiscal year the Trump government set a refugee ceiling of 15,000, the lowest since 1980. On Thursday Biden said that for his administration’s first full year he would increase the entry limit to 125,000 people and that he would guide the Department of State to work with Congress on the subject.