The attack, which targeted the headquarters of the US forces in Arbil, northern Iraq, a few days ago, opened many big questions about the dilemma of US President Joe Biden’s administration with Saudi Arabia. According to a report published by an American newspaper.
Biden attacked Saudi Arabia
و .وضحت newspaper American Politico, that Biden vehemently attacked Saudi Arabia during his election campaign. He spoke about it after his inauguration in a form that indicates a significant change in the form of the relationship it was in during the Trump era.
But just four days after his arrival, the general in charge of US forces in the Middle East, Frank Mackenzie, announced Saudi Arabia. About a new base agreement, expanding military cooperation between the two countries. ”
Riyadh is a partner in the fight against terrorism
Politico describes this contradiction as the “dilemma” that Biden faces, noting that there is a test to balance. Between the dependence of the US military on Riyadh as a partner in the fight against terrorism and repelling Iran’s influence in the region.
The newspaper talked about the structure of the US National Security Council, as “Biden wants to avoid the quagmire of the Middle East.”
And she added, “National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has restructured the council’s staff in a way that indicates President Biden’s direction towards Asia in the future.”
A new president in the White House
Politico quoted the former Trump administration defense official, Bilal Saab, as saying, “The goal was all of this. The signal that there is a new president in the White House is reviewing everything Trump has done. ”
He indicated that no one wants relations with Saudi Arabia to worsen.
The newspaper quoted five officials as saying that military officials have sounded the alarm about Saudi Arabia’s weakness, especially after the attack on oil facilities in September 2019.
Earlier, a White House spokeswoman confirmed that the new US President Joe Biden would not speak at all with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman .
“The counterpart of President Biden in Saudi Arabia is,” White House spokeswoman Gene Saki said in a press briefing. King Salman bin Abdulaziz. ”
This is a confirmation from the White House that Biden will never speak with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
This is one of the strongest blows directed by the new US president to the Saudi crown prince.
Reset relations with Saudi Arabia
Saki explained that President Joe Biden’s administration will work to reset relations with Saudi Arabia. Indicating that the president will soon communicate with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
However, she added, “However, that will not be before his contact with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, which will be opened. It has its contacts as the “first ally” in the region.
“Israel is an ally, of course,” Saki said. Israel is a country with which we have an important strategic security relationship, and our team is fully involved. Not at the level of presidents yet, but it will happen very soon. ”
Saki said Saudi Arabia has urgent needs to defend itself, and the United States will work with the Saudis on this. “Even as we clarify our points of difference and our concerns. This is definitely different from the previous administration. ”
U.S. State Department clarification
The State Department’s explanation came after there was increasing talk in Washington about President Biden, who had contacted most of the leaderships. So far, the world has deliberately delayed his address with Netanyahu as an expression of the extent of “personal alienation” between them.
Messages of Mohammed bin Salman
Mohammed bin Salman tried to send several messages to Biden during the last period, but it seems that these did not help him.
As for when Biden will call King Salman, the spokeswoman replied, “Biden will talk to him at the appropriate time.
It is noteworthy that Mohammed bin Salman enjoyed very close relations with former US President Donald Trump.
During Trump’s term, many contacts and meetings took place between them, but today things have changed completely.
Biden had vowed during his presidential campaign to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable for his crimes in Saudi Arabia, including the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Earlier, a report by The Guardian Nigeria newspaper reviewed the location of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the eyes of the United States of America in a short time.
The newspaper pointed out how the kingdom has transformed from an ally under former US President Donald Trump, in addition to a security partner under the current President Joe Biden.
The newspaper quoted observers as saying that the change of tone showed that Washington is moving away from Trump’s business relationship with it while arms sales are declining.
The Biden administration froze a few days after it received huge arms deals to the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates because of their war on Yemen.
The newspaper said: “In a setback for the kingdom, Biden recently stopped support for Saudi offensive operations in the grinding conflict in Yemen.
She noted the impact of Biden’s arrival at the house, the conditions, on the conditions in Saudi Arabia.
She pointed out that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began to “reset his policies” towards Washington since Biden took office.
The newspaper added that, under a new American glare, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is rushing to release some political prisoners.
She pointed to the release of some political prisoners, including the activist Loujain al-Hathloul, in reference to Biden.
These moves were not limited to internal affairs, but rather made a change in dealing with its regional opponents, according to the newspaper.
It warned to lift the blockade on Qatar, as it ended a crisis that lasted more than three and a half years.
The newspaper indicated that Saudi Arabia is currently keen on a breakthrough with Turkey after a dispute over the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.
And it considered that these steps from Saudi Arabia came in an attempt to clean up its work as it prepares to reset the policy in Washington.
The newspaper drew attention to the previous pledge by US President Joe Biden during his election campaign to make the kingdom a “pariah”.
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