President Joe Biden aimed for political progress on Friday after several high-profile meetings with Saudi Arabia’s royal family, but the kingdom’s human rights abuses overshadowed all other issues.
After months of quiet diplomacy, Biden said his team had done "important work" in Jeddah. According to the president, among the problems of progress, Saudi Arabia and Israel, which Biden also visited this week, have taken concrete steps to normalize relations.
During a visit to oil-rich Saudi Arabia, where high gas prices contribute to low popularity at home, Biden said he discussed oil supply during meetings. He also mentioned 5G, climate policy and combating China’s influence in the region as topics of discussion.
Biden’s speech from Saudi Arabia took place hours after the president’s conversation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. His decision to cooperate with the heir casts a shadow over the planned development of Biden’s policy.
U.S. intelligence has concluded that the heir, known as MBS, ordered the assassination of Khashoggi. Earlier, he denied any involvement in the journalist’s amputation.
Biden noted that at the beginning of the meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed, he had touched on human rights and the assassination of Khashoggi. “The U.S. president’s silence on human rights does not match who we are and who I am,” Biden told reporters in Jeddah. The president added that the heir had told him he had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance or murder. Biden added that he does not regret saying as a presidential candidate in 2019 that he wants to “destroy” Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi’s assassination.
“What happened to Khashoggi was outrageous,” Biden said. Last week, Biden published an article in the Washington Post where Khashoggi works as a columnist, justifying his trip to Saudi Arabia.
In an article mentioning the slain journalist by name, Biden wrote: “My intention from the beginning was to restore - but not disrupt - relations with a country that has been a strategic partner for 80 years. The president wrote: "I know that many do not make my decision to go to Saudi Aarabia." "My human rights views are clear and long, and when I go abroad, basic freedoms are always on the agenda.
In the Friday statement, Washington Post publisher, Fred Ryan, stated that the pump provided close and comfortable deputies to parliament. What
Kashuki's future wife, Hatis Changis, tweeted with a photo of the Twitter corridor: "Hello Potus. Is what you said responsible for my murder? The blood of the next MBS victim is on your hands.
Asked to respond to candidate Khashoggi’s tweet, Biden said he regretted feeling that way. I'm sorry he felt that way. I was simple then. “I was honest today,” Biden said.
The oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a key strategic partner of the United States and a major buyer of U.S.-made weapons. That role protected the kingdom from sanctions in retaliation for the Khashoggi assassination and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.