Joe Biden defended his planned visit to Saudi Arabia next week, arguing that the trip is necessary to ensure the country’s national security in the coming months.

In the article for Washington PostThe president said he intends to “reorient” relations with the oil-rich country with a meeting that has been criticized by opponents of the country’s controversial human rights record.

Biden – who vowed to make the kingdom “rogue” during his 2020 campaign – used the piece to defend a summit with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud scheduled for Friday.

The Democrat also used the article to blast his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, for abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, a directive signed by Iran and several world powers, including the United States, that impose restrictions on the nuclear programs of rival Saudi Arabia.

Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018, arguing that it failed to curtail Iran’s missile production and regional influence.

A year later, Iran, long at loggerheads with the Kingdom, began flouting the deal’s restrictions, creating further tensions between the country and Washington.

The meeting with the oil-rich country also comes as the US continues to struggle with rapidly rising oil and gas prices, as well as record inflation seen during Biden’s tenure.

Joe Biden has defended his planned visit to Saudi Arabia next week, saying the trip is necessary to ensure the country’s national security in the coming months

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the president said he intends to

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the president said he intends to “reorient” relations with the oil-rich country in a meeting that has drawn criticism from opponents of the country’s controversial human rights record.

Biden, 79, said Friday’s meeting with the king and MBS was simply his administration increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran until the country is ready to return to the 2015 accord.

Washington and Tehran have said they will return to the original guidelines, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement.

The agreement will help prevent the resumption of Iran’s nuclear weapons program and thereby reduce the prospect of conflict between the country and its regional rivals, namely Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Biden’s trip to the region appears to be a step in the opposite direction from the Iran deal, and the politician appears to be fine with maintaining not-so-good relations with the nation if it means meeting with the Saudi government next week.

“I know there are many who disagree with my decision to go to Saudi Arabia,” the president wrote in an op-ed titled “Why I’m Going to Saudi Arabia,” due out Sunday.

“My views on human rights are clear and long-standing,” he continued, citing the high number of human rights abuses in the Kingdom, including the highly publicized killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.

The Democrat also used the article to blast his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, for abandoning the Iran nuclear deal - a guideline signed by Iran and several world powers, including the United States, that impose restrictions on rival Saudi Arabia's nuclear programs.

The Democrat also used the article to blast his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, for abandoning the Iran nuclear deal – a guideline signed by Iran and several world powers, including the United States, that impose restrictions on rival Saudi Arabia’s nuclear programs.

The president said: “Fundamental freedoms are always on the agenda when I travel abroad, as they were on this trip, just as they will be in Israel and the West Bank.

“As president, my job is to keep our country strong and safe,” he continued, outlining the political context for the upcoming meeting.

“We must counter Russian aggression, put ourselves in the best possible position to outwit China, and work for greater stability in the relevant region of the world,” he wrote.

“In order to do these things, we have to engage directly with countries that can affect these outcomes,” Biden said, before adding, “Saudi Arabia is one of them.”

‘WWhen I meet with the leaders of Saudi Arabia on Friday, he wrote, my goal will be to strengthen our strategic partnership in the future, which is based on mutual interests and responsibility, while remaining true to fundamental American values.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia next week

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Biden will visit Saudi Arabia next week. He privately resented plans to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who US intelligence agencies accuse of ordering the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden said he would focus on building a more integrated and stable Middle East with the planned tour, calling the region “essential to the global trade and supply chains we rely on.”

He also acknowledged the importance of energy supplies to the Middle East in light of his administration’s sanctions on Russia, another major oil producer, following its invasion of Ukraine.

“A region that is united through diplomacy and cooperation, rather than torn apart by conflict, is less likely to give rise to the violent extremism that threatens our homeland or new wars that could place new burdens on America’s armed forces and their families.” , – said the president. reasoned.

Biden said the meeting with MBS, the country's de facto leader, is simply his administration putting more diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran until the country is ready to return to the 2015 accord.

Biden said the meeting with MBS, the country’s de facto leader, is simply his administration putting more diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran until the country is ready to return to the 2015 accord.

Biden will will become the first US president to fly from Israel to Saudi Arabia this week when he visits the region on Wednesday.

In the Post article, Biden called it a “small symbol” of warming ties between Israel and the rest of the Middle East, which he called “steps toward normalization.”

The trip comes as gas prices in the United States continue to rise, a key domestic issue that Biden hopes to address as he runs in November’s midterm elections.

Last month, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline hit $5 for the first time in American history.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil producer and as a key member of OPEC plays a large role in setting oil prices worldwide.

The White House announced the trip after Saudi Arabia this month helped push OPEC+ to increase oil output by 648,000 barrels per day in July and August.

At the time, the White House issued a statement thanking the kingdom, which was seen as a move to try to thaw the icy relationship between Washington and Riyadh.

Biden also praised the kingdom for agreeing to extend a United Nations-brokered ceasefire in its seven-year war with Yemen. The president called this decision “courageous”.

The White House said Biden considers the crown prince a

The White House said Biden considers the crown prince a “rogue” for his role in the 2018 killing of a political opponent, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The president is visiting at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, father of MBS.

The White House stressed that King Salman is the head of the kingdom. Biden is said to see the king as his equivalent, not the crown prince.

She said Biden would discuss the UN-brokered truce in Yemen, economic security, containing threats from Iran, advancing human rights and ensuring global energy and food security.

The White House played down the meeting with MBS, saying the president would meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and that the crown prince would attend.

“Yes, we can expect the president to meet with the crown prince as well,” White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia said in a statement about the trip that Biden and MBS would meet.

“The crown prince and President Biden will hold official talks that will focus on various areas of bilateral cooperation and joint efforts to solve regional and global challenges,” the statement said.

But White House deputy press secretary John Kirby said Biden will meet with the king, and a meeting with MBS will be part of that.

“He is going to meet bilaterally with King Salman and King Salman’s team, and the crown prince is part of that team. I suspect that in the context of the meetings he will meet the Crown Prince. He is grateful for the king’s willingness to host the GCC plus three. He is again looking forward to a wide range of discussions,” he said earlier this week.

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