It appears that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by its de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, will live difficult days under President Joe Biden. Because of her notorious human rights file, unlike the days of Trump, a strong ally of Bin Salman.
In this context, the White House and the Biden administration revealed that there is no current intention for the new US president to communicate with bin Salman.
This came in comments made by Jane Saki, a spokeswoman for the White House, in a briefing to reporters.
Saki confirmed yesterday, Friday, that there are no plans to contact the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“There is a review of our policy regarding Saudi Arabia,” Sacchi said in a daily press release.
And she continued: “I do not know of plans for contact with the Kingdom.”
The White House also commented on the news that the US President, Joe Biden, ignored the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and did not contact him until now.
And this despite Biden contacting a number of world leaders after taking office.
Jane Saki denied that Biden had deliberately ignored Netanyahu by not including him so far in the list of phone calls made by Biden with foreign leaders.
The absence of direct contact between the Democratic American president and the right-wing Israeli prime minister has caused speculation in Israel and among Middle Eastern experts. That the new US administration may indicate its dissatisfaction with the close relations that linked Netanyahu with Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
“Biden looks forward to speaking with Prime Minister Netanyahu,” White House spokeswoman Gene Saki said in a briefing to reporters when asked about a possible date for the conversation.
And she continued, “I can assure you that this will happen soon, but I do not have a specific date or schedule.”
Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, whose administration Biden held the vice presidency, had called Netanyahu within days of their presidency.
Biden has already contacted a number of state leaders, including China, Mexico, Britain, India, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Russia.
Biden shocks Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
It is noteworthy that it was early February and in a new shocking decision to Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from the administration of US President Joe Biden. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has said that Biden will announce the end of all US support for offensive operations in Yemen.
Jake made it clear that the announcement would stop arms sales of precision-guided munitions approved by the Donald Trump administration.
“There were consultations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE before the decision was taken,” he added.
It is noteworthy that, a few days ago, Blinken condemned the assassination of Khashoggi, which he described as shameful in his statements. With the American network “NBC”.
Blinken stressed in his statements to the American Network, that the White House is reviewing its relationship with Riyadh.
He explained that this is in order for the United States to ensure that these relations are consistent with American interests and principles.
It is also at the same time that Anthony Blinken described the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as “a heinous act against a journalist residing in the United States.” At the same time, the Saudi crown prince was not directly indicted for the crime.
A report by the CIA concluded that Bin Salman was the one who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, inside his country’s consulate in Turkey in 2018.
Biden and correcting Trump’s mistakes
The “Financial Times” newspaper of America had revealed messages sent by the new US administration headed by Joe Biden, to the Middle East. In an attempt to re-evaluate the general situation in the region.
The newspaper said that after four years of Donald Trump’s eccentric policymaking and his obsession with Iran. The Biden administration took the first steps. To correct some of the damage he caused in the Middle East.
She added that relations with the powers in the region are being reviewed by the US administration, noting that the Middle East region. She is without a doubt the most affected by the Trump presidency. Of his decision to abandon the nuclear agreement signed by the major powers with Tehran and his brazen bias with Israel and Saudi Arabia, which violated decades of American norms.
Trump’s policies will not be abandoned
The newspaper said that some of Trump’s policies will not be abandoned even though the Biden team took positive early moves. The administration announced that Washington would restore relations with the Palestinians and resume aid to them.
It allowed financial contracts with the Houthi movement for a month until it reviews the last-minute decision taken by the previous administration. To classify the movement on the list of foreign terrorist groups. The Trump administration proceeded with the decision despite warnings that such a move could lead to famine in Yemen.
In addition, Washington has frozen arms deals approved by the former president and is affecting the two most important supportive allies. His two are the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken said that reviewing arms deals is a normal matter for new administrations. However, the message was clear. The relationship will not be as it was nor normal.
Biden threatens Mohammed bin Salman
Biden has previously promised to look at the US-Saudi relationship due to the violations of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. For human rights and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
He pledged to stop US support for the war in Yemen. The suspension of the weapon affects sales of missiles to Riyadh and F-35 fighters to Abu Dhabi. The latest deal is a product of the normalization treaty that the UAE signed last year with Israel.
The newspaper believes that the Biden team’s decision to review the US role in the Middle East is correct, as well as his attempt. To reduce the tensions that Trump ignited.
It also indicated that the Biden administration is facing the test of reviving the nuclear agreement with Tehran, which was the only success of the Barack Obama administration in the region.
Trump did everything he could to destroy them. Biden says the United States would revert to the agreement if Iran scaled back its activities. Nuclear and returned to abide by its terms.
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