The US administration intends to carry out a “full reset” of relations with Saudi Arabia, CNN TV reported Friday, citing sources in the White House. The July visit of Joe Biden to Riyadh is to be an occasion for this.
According to anonymous officials quoted by CNN, the president Joe Bidenwho during the election campaign called the Saudi monarchy a “pariah”, among others in connection with the murder of the oppositionist and journalist Jamal Khashojji, “he decided to put aside his antipathy due to the need to control oil prices.”
Biden’s visit to Riyadh, planned for July, and a meeting with the Saudi heir to the throne and de facto leader, is to be the occasion for the reset. Saudi Arabia Mohamad bin Salman.
– Both sides decided that for the sake of peace and stability on Middle East we have to put it aside, one official told CNN. Administration officials say the lower-level warming of relations has already had the effect of extending the ceasefire in the war in Yemen between the Saudi-backed government and its affiliate Iran the Houthi movement.
Biden: You need to take this opportunity to contribute to peace
When asked about the matter, Biden did not explicitly confirm that he would visit Saudi Arabia, but added that if there is a chance to contribute to peace in the Middle East, then as US President he must take advantage of it. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday that while the monarchy must “answer for what it has done to Jamal Khashojjim,” an increase in oil supply is necessary, both to curb inflation and cut off Russia’s revenue streams. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) headed by Saudi Arabia plays a key role in this.
In return, according to CNN, Riyadh is demanding Washington to develop a strategy to deal with Iran, as well as security commitments, including the continued supply of missile defense systems.
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