The United States will not withdraw from the Middle East because the left void would be filled by China, Russia or Iran, US President Joe Biden said on Saturday, quoted by the US news service Axios. Biden took part in a summit of the leaders of nine countries in the region organized in Saudi Arabia.
The leaders of Saudi Arabia participated in the meeting with the American president, QatarBahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. – United States will remain an active and committed partner in the Middle East, he assured Joe Biden. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said.
The US president urged leaders of the Middle East to comply human rights and giving its citizens the opportunity to “criticize the government without fear of possible reprisals.” “The future will be won by countries that allow them to fully develop the potential of their societies,” argued Biden.
The politician also stressed that Washington is determined to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Biden added that he is proud to end “an era of land wars in the region involving large numbers of US troops.”
A visit to Israel and the Palestinian question
President Biden began his first visit to the region with Israel, where he reassured his administration’s commitment to “trying to bring Israelis and Palestinians closer together.” Palestinians, said Biden, “deserve their own state, independent and sovereign.”
But Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adil ibn Ahmad ad-Jubeir stressed Friday that his country “will not establish full relations with Israel until an independent Palestinian state is established.”
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