A State Department spokesperson told HuffPost the president is permitting a $23 billion package for the United Arab Emirates that he had placed under review.
The former president's delay in conceding the election slowed key appointments to an agency he ravaged. But Biden's approach could be worsening the problem.
The meetings in Anchorage, which continue with a closing session on Friday, were a new test in increasingly troubled relations between the two countries.
The president has temporarily paused the $23 billion weapons package. His final decision will show if he's serious about building a more progressive foreign policy.
The president has stopped supporting the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen, but must also restore U.S. assistance for the struggling country, activists say.
Adel Al-Hasani has investigated his country's crisis for the BBC, CNN and Vice. Allies of the United Arab Emirates have imprisoned him for nearly six months.
The president announced his shift from both Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama in a speech describing how he will "course correct" America's international approach.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. would use the five years of the New START treaty’s renewal to pursue limits on all of Russia’s nuclear weapons.
The White House, in its description of the call, did not say that an agreement had been reached though its tone was upbeat.
Acting U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills said the U.S. hopes to build confidence on both sides to create an environment to reach a two-state solution.