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Biden Says Saudi Arabia Commits to Extending Yemen Truce

President Joe Biden speaks after taking part in a working session with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, on July 15.
President Joe Biden speaks after taking part in a working session with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, on July 15.Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US President Joe Biden said Saudi Arabia had committed to extending and strengthening a UN-mediated truce in Yemen and will engage in talks to end the war that’s triggered a humanitarian crisis and roiled the Persian Gulf.

The announcement came after Biden met with Saudi officials including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah. Biden vowed on the campaign trail to turn the world’s biggest oil exporter into a “pariah” over its human rights record, including its involvement in Yemen.