U.S. President's personal meeting with Saudi Crown Prince not planned

U.S. President's personal meeting with Saudi Crown Prince not planned

There are no plans for a personal meeting between the President of the United States and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden   There are no plans for a personal meeting between the US President and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden sees the possibility of his communication with Mohammed bin Salman as part of a meeting in a larger format

US President Joe Biden said Friday that he is not scheduled to talk with Saudi de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman during his trip next month. President Biden added that he only sees his meeting with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia as part of a broader “international meeting”.

The plan for negotiating with the Crown Prince, whom MBS calls for short, was part of Joe's first trip Biden as President of the United States to the Gulf region. This was seen by human rights activists as a breach of his promise to put human rights at the center of US foreign policy.

“I'm not going to date MBS. I'm going to an international meeting that he's going to be a part of,” Biden told reporters on Friday, when asked how he would bring up the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in the US and criticized the heir apparent, during his trip to Saudi Arabia. Prince.

As a presidential candidate, Biden said he wanted to make Saudi Arabia a “rogue.” However, his fight to bring down record high gasoline prices this year has complicated matters as the US urges oil-producing countries to increase output to offset losses following Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Weeks after taking office, Biden reversed U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, taking a tougher stance on human rights in the kingdom, and specifically on the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Khashoggi in Turkey. American intelligence pointed to the Crown Prince's involvement in this assassination. The Saudi government denies any connection between the crown prince and the assassination.

A personal meeting between the President of the United States and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is not planned

Jamal Khashoggi

The White House bluntly stated this month that Biden's point of view has not changed.

Washington's desire to improve relations with the Gulf monarchies has become even more pressing since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as Europe seeks to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow.

As several Western diplomats told Reuters earlier, the United States is urging Gulf states to publicly denounce Russia. The Gulf states are trying to maintain what they call a neutral position.