August 19, 2022
US 'will not walk away' from Middle East, Biden says in Saudi Arabia |  the world

US ‘will not walk away’ from Middle East, Biden says in Saudi Arabia | the world

Promotional photo shows, left to right, Assad bin Tariq Al-Said, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman; Mohammed bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates; Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt; Hamad Bin Isa, King of Bahrain; Joe Biden, President of the United States; Mohammed bin Salman, Prince of Saudi Arabia; Abdullah II, King of Jordan; and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Khatemi during a summit in Saudi Arabia (Photo: Bandar Al-Jalood/Royal Saudi Palace/AFP)

President of America, Joe BidenHe told Arab leaders this Saturday (16) that Washington remains fully committed Middle East America will not cede influence to other world powers.

“We’re not going to walk away and let China, Russia or Iran fill the void,” Biden said during a summit in Jeddah on the Red Sea coast. Saudi Arabia.

The last stop on Biden’s trip Middle EastThe summit brings together the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

The US President intended to take advantage of it to talk about the volatility of oil prices and present his views on Washington’s role in the region.

Friday (16th), Met King Salmangives Saudi Arabiaand with the “real” Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US intelligence has concluded that Mohammed bin Salman directly approved the 2018 assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The crown prince denies any role in the murder.

In his remarks on Saturday (16), Biden told Arab leaders gathered there, “The future will be occupied by countries that unleash the full potential of their populations (…), where citizens can question and criticize leaders without fear of retribution. .” “.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine exposed a previously unthinkable divide between Washington and its key allies. Middle EastSaudi Arabia And Arab Emirates United States – increasingly independent oil companies on the international stage.

Also this Saturday, Biden called his colleague Arab Emirates States, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan is visiting the United States in a gesture of reconciliation after months of tensions over the war in Ukraine and other issues.

“We both understand that the challenges we face today make it very important for us to spend more time together. I would like to invite you formally. Americato the Oval Office by the end of the year,” Biden said at a bilateral meeting in Jeddah. Saudi Arabia.

The “real” ruler for many years Arab Emirates States, Sheikh Mohammed formally took over in May after the death of his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa.

The wealthy Gulf state is home to US troops and has been Washington’s strategic partner for decades, but its economic and political ties to Russia are growing.

Emirati ambassador AmericaYousef al-Otaiba admitted in March that relations with Washington were under “stress testing”.

The statement comes after the Emirates abstained from a UN Security Council vote on a resolution to withdraw Russia from Ukraine.

Sheikh Mohammed’s political adviser Anwar Kargash told reporters on Friday. America And this Arab Emirates States have “issues to be resolved”.