Senior US diplomat and a former deputy assistant for Gulf Affairs Tim Lenderking will be appointed as envoy to Yemen. His official appointment could be unveiled on US President Joe Biden next address at the State Department.
Mr. Lenderking will be the first US envoy for Yemen since the US descended into war in 2014. He is known for his soft-spoke nature and reportedly chosen for the job because of his extensive experience in the broader Middle East since 1993.
Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, welcomed the decision through a tweet congratulating Mr. Timothy Lenderking on his appointment.
He also tweeted the concern UAE has for the situation in Yemen saying, “ The UAE ended its military involvement in Yemen in October of last year. Eager to see the war over, the UAE has supported UN efforts & multiple peace initiatives. Throughout the the UAE has remained one of the largest providers of humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.”
Emirates Red Crescent, a UAE’s humanitarian organization, has been sending humanitarian aid which includes food aid and medical equipment. Apart from providing aid facilities to Yemen, the UAE has also been one of the strongest adversaries of terroism. It has taken every step to ensure that the presence of violent elements is minimised. Even when the United National and other international facilities decided to control the activities of Al Houthi in the country, UAE was one of the first ones to support the call. UAE has been working in line with the international bodies in ensuring peace in the country since its exit.