Informed American sources confirmed that US President Joe Biden will call Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, today, Wednesday, according to what the site reported, “Axios“.
Timing of the call
The sources said, according to the American website, that the timing of the call comes days before the disclosure of the American intelligence report. Which exposes the involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The sources explained that the call indicates Biden’s move to reset Saudi relations, after the Trump administration made an interest. Riyadh in the Persian Gulf is a priority for US foreign policy.
The White House responds
In response to these reports, White House spokeswoman Jean Sackey confirmed that President Joe Biden will communicate with Saudi King Salman “at the appropriate time.”
Saki stressed that the policy of the Biden administration is different from the administration of Donald Trump.
Saki’s comment came in response to a question at a White House press conference about what it means that Biden is not planning to contact Polly. The Saudi era and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and whether it was a symbolic move, and how could relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia change.
Saki replied, “What I said last week is that we are assessing our relations with Saudi Arabia, and part of what I said is that we will have. Peer-to-peer communications ”.
And she continued: “This means, as you know, that last week the US Secretary of Defense had a conversation with Mohammed bin Salman. This is the correct communication between peers. ”
She added, “We expect the president to have a conversation with the king at the appropriate time, but there are other components to our relationship as you know. Among them is the fact that President Biden, unlike the previous administration, will not hold back or shut up when he has it. Objections or concerns about issues related to human rights, freedom of expression or anything else. ”
And a White House spokeswoman added, “At the same time, there is an important role we can play in our relationships. With regard to the threats that Saudi Arabia faces from the region, and this relationship.
Exclusive communication with King Salman
The White House had announced that Biden’s communication with the Saudi side would be exclusively with the king, and that he would not communicate with his son. Crown As did his predecessor Donald Trump.
White House spokeswoman Jane Sackie said the Biden administration, “unlike the previous administration, will not hesitate to raise. Human rights issues in Saudi Arabia ”.
She added, “We are in the process of reconsidering our relationship with Saudi Arabia, in a manner that contacts between officials and their counterparts in the two countries.”
US Secretary of Defense and Crown Prince
And last Thursday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his counterpart and Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to a Pentagon press release.
In the statement, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said: “The minister condemned the attacks carried out by the Houthis. On the Saudi border and expressed his commitment to help the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia protect its borders.
“Secretary Austin reaffirmed the current changes in US policy toward the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen,” he added.
He continued: “The Minister of Defense discussed the importance of ending the war, and thanked the Crown Prince for the Saudi commitment to the political settlement.”
New slap to the crown prince
The US administration, led by Joe Biden, is preparing to deal a new blow to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, regarding the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Washington Post said that the Biden administration decided to publish the US intelligence report on Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
According to the Washington Post, the report concluded that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi inside his country’s embassy in Turkey in 2018.
Saudi Arabia remains silent
The newspaper indicated that a senior official in the Saudi Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the timing or contents of the American report.
She also confirmed that the issuance of the report on Khashoggi’s murder would lead to tension in US-Saudi relations and lead them to lower levels.
The Washington Post stated that from the beginning it was clear to the CIA that Bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi’s killing and that he was the one who ordered his assassination.
She added, “However, former US President Donald Trump insisted on ignoring the information and facts in the report. He proceeded to protect bin Salman, describing the killing of Khashoggi as a rogue operation.
“Trump boasted in an interview with Bob Woodward that he“ saved his ass ”from congressional attempts. To hold the Crown Prince responsible.
“In early 2019, Congress passed a law giving the Trump administration 30 days to file an unclassified report,” the newspaper added. From the office of the Director of National Intelligence to determine the names and role of every current or former Saudi official in Saudi Arabia related to Khashoggi’s killing.
She added, “But Trump ignored the Congress’s request, stressing that he would not provide any additional information at the unrated level. Then I sent a copy of the secret agency report to Congress.
It also quoted Prime Time Zone familiar with the matter, that the report will be published next week, and it is an unclassified summary of intelligence findings on the Khashoggi case.
And she emphasized that the publication of this report may make the atmosphere more charged between the Biden administration and Riyadh.
American expert David Ottaway said that after the report was released, Biden would have to determine his relationship with the Saudi leadership. And the steps it will take in response.
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