Reuters learned about a possible meeting between Biden and the prince of Saudi Arabia
Biden may meet with Al Saud at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Reuters sources say. This will happen after the G7 summit in Germany and the NATO meeting in Spain at the end of June. jpg” alt=”Reuters learned of a possible meeting between Biden and the prince of Saudi Arabia” />
The US administration is planning Joe Biden's trip to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, where he can meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Reuters reports citing its sources.
According to According to the interlocutors of the agency, the trip is tentatively scheduled after the G7 summit in Germany (to be held on June 26-28) and the NATO meeting in Spain (to be held on June 28-30). Then Biden will visit Israel, where he will meet with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
After that, the American president intends to take part in the GCC summit in Riyadh, sources say. GCC— a closed international organization whose members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
At the same time, before agreeing to participate in the summit, Washington is seeking an extension of the truce in Yemen (a conflict between the government Yemen and the Houthi rebels has been going on since 2014. — RBC) and clarity regarding oil production by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia have deteriorated since the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal in 2018. Khashoggi was known for his criticism of the Saudi authorities. In September 2019, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman admitted responsibility for the death of a journalist, but said that unnamed officials involved in the operation acted without his knowledge.
In February 2021, US National Intelligence published a report claiming that the operation that killed the journalist was personally approved by the crown prince. Saudi Arabia said the National Intelligence report contains a “negative, false and unacceptable assessment.”
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In connection with the Russian military operation in Ukraine and the embargo on oil and other energy resources from Russia, the United States decided to urge Saudi Arabia to increase production oil. In March, according to The Wall Street Journal, the White House tried to contact the authorities of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, but the conversation was denied.
Axios learned in late May that two Biden advisers went to Riyadh
to secret negotiations. The American side was going to get Saudi Arabia to increase oil production, which would reduce gas prices before the US elections and expand sanctions against Russian oil, the portal writes.
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