The United States does not plan to leave the region, so as not to leave a vacuum that Russia, China and Iran will immediately fill, Biden emphasized
The United States clearly sees the problems in the Middle East and will remain involved in this region . This was stated by US President Joe Biden during a speech at the summit of leaders of the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia, reports The Washington Post.
“We will not go away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia or Iran. The United States intends to remain an active and engaged partner in the Middle East,” — he stressed.
Biden also laid out the principles of his strategy for the Middle East region, focusing on regional cooperation to counter threats.
Biden arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of his Middle East tour. Prior to that, he visited Israel, where he held talks with Prime Minister Yair Lapid. The President of the United States also participated in a four-way online summit with the leaders of India, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
On July 15, Biden held talks with King Salmanomben Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. The leaders discussed relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them.
One of the goals of Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia is to restore relations between the two countries, which have deteriorated since the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the WSJ reported.
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In addition, Biden, according to the newspaper, also intends to establish relations with Riyadh in the framework of energy cooperation.
Before visiting the kingdom, the US President wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he noted that Saudi Arabia's energy resources are vital to mitigating the consequences of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
He noted that to counter Russia and win competition with China, the US needs to interact with countries like Saudi Arabia.