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US freezes troop withdrawal from Germany, ends support for Yemen conflict -

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States is freezing troop withdrawal from Germany and ending its support for offensive operations in the Yemen conflict.

In his first major foreign policy speech since taking office, Biden outlined his foreign policy vision focused on diplomacy, alliance, multilateralism, and values, standing in contrast with his predecessor Donald Trump's "America First" approach.

Biden in the speech also unveiled several policy changes regarding the Yemen conflict, U.S. forces posture in Germany, and refugee issues.

He said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would initiate a global forces posture review to ensure that U.S. military footprint is appropriately aligned with foreign policy and national security priorities.

"And while this review is taking place, we'll be stopping any planned troop withdrawal from Germany," he said.

The former Trump administration announced a repositioning plan for nearly 12,000 U.S. troops stationed in Germany last summer, a controversial move that drew criticism from home and abroad.

Biden also reversed the previous administration's position on the Yemen conflict.

"We are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales," Biden said.

He noted that the United States would step up diplomacy and support UN-led initiative to end the war, which he called a "humanitarian and strategic catastrophe."...


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