Biden sends chief of staff to meet Saudi crown prince


Washington (AP) — President Joe Biden send one of his top advisers to Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Later this week, the de facto leader of the oil-rich kingdom.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Thursday he will be visiting Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi officials on Saturday, and will also meet with counterparts in the United Arab Emirates and India during his visit. .

“We will discuss new areas of cooperation between New Delhi and the Gulf states, the United States and the rest of the world,” Sullivan said. India and the United Arab Emirates signed a comprehensive economic partnership last year aimed at improving relations between the two countries.

Sullivan plans to meet the crown prince during his visit, who is often mentioned in the first MBS, according to people familiar with Sullivan’s travel plans.

Sullivan I spoke with MBS on the phone last month. Yemen’s Saudi-Iranian allied Houthi rebels are making remarkable progress toward a permanent end to the nine-year conflict.

He said the Yemeni war would be a “key topic” during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

Sullivan’s planned visit is the latest sign of friendly relations between the kingdom and the Biden administration, strained by Biden’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and oil policy.

After the OPEC+ alliance cut oil production last October, Biden said the kingdom, a key member, would be affected. The administration has used the cuts in oil production, which have pushed up oil prices, as an economic blow to Russia, another OPEC+ member, caused by US and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow for the war in Ukraine. viewed as soothing.

At an event hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Sullivan spoke of his plans during a wide range of remarks on the Biden administration’s Middle East policy.