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Both Washington and Riyadh confirmed that Joe Biden would meet with MbS in July.

Both Washington and Riyadh confirmed that Joe Biden would meet with MbS in July.
US President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo credit: AFP)

 


The White House has finally confirmed Joe Biden's next visit to Saudi Arabia, which will take place during a visit to West Asia from July 13 to 16.


The Royal Court of the Kingdom also confirmed the visit, saying that the US president will meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


During this trip, Biden will also visit Israel and the occupied West Bank.


The White House statement was made after the Saudi Kingdom increased OPEC+ oil production by 648,000 barrels per day in July and August, as well as after the extension of the UN-brokered truce for the seven-year war in Yemen.


On June 13, Biden himself confirmed this trip in an interview with reporters. However, he said that the purpose of his visit was not to discuss the level of oil production in the kingdom, but that he would focus on "Israel's national security."


Last week, White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia "will serve the national interests of the United States."


On the eve of the 2020 presidential election, Biden promised to turn the kingdom into a "pariah" and force MbS to "pay the price" for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


A U.S. intelligence report released by the Biden White House in February 2021 concluded that MbS "approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi."


However, amid the deepening energy crisis that has hit the West, the US president was forced to abandon his previous remarks in an attempt to lower fuel prices.


Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden and other Western leaders have unsuccessfully tried to force their Gulf allies to violate their OPEC+ commitments and increase oil production.


The leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in particular, ignored the calls of the American president and preferred to strengthen ties with Moscow.

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