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US security adviser, Yemen envoy head to UAE, Saudi

Nominated National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan participates as US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020. - US President-elect Joe Biden introduced November 24, 2020 a seasoned national security team he said was prepared to resume US leadership of the world after the departure of President Donald Trump. "It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure," Biden said, introducing his picks for secretary of state, national security advisor, intelligence chief, and other key cabinet jobs"It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," Biden said. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Nominated National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on November 24, 2020 [CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images]

US President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates along with the US special envoy to Yemen, the White House National Security Council said today, Reuters reported.

Brett McGurk, the NSC's Middle East and North Africa Coordinator, will also join Sullivan and Tim Lenderking, the council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement, adding that Sullivan will meet "with senior leaders on a range of regional and global challenges."

Sullivan will hold discussions with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman about Yemen, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the trip. He is also expected to meet Deputy Defence Minister Khalid Bin Salman, a brother to the crown prince, it said, cited unnamed sources.

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The United Nations has described the situation in war-torn Yemen as the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Seven years of fighting have also plunged the nation into an economic crisis, triggering food shortages.

The United States and Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen's conflict, have pledged millions of more dollars in additional aid, as have other countries.

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