Joe Biden writes in the Washington Post, “As president, it is my duty to maintain the strength and security of our nation.” for this purpose we need to strengthen a strategic partnership.
Washington: US President Joe Biden says he wants to “strengthen a strategic partnership,” When he makes a contentious visit to Saudi Arabia next week, but he also promised to maintain “core American principles.”
“I am aware that many people disagree with my choice to visit Saudi Arabia.
Fundamental freedoms are always on the agenda when I travel abroad, as they will be on this trip, according to my clear and long-standing views on human rights, Vice President Biden said in an editorial piece published Saturday in the Washington Post.
While Biden is likely to push for increased Saudi oil production in an effort to control domestic inflation and the country’s skyrocketing fuel prices.
The visit of Vice President Joe Biden signals a shift: an apparent abandonment of efforts to isolate the kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the horrific murder of a dissident.
As a presidential candidate, Biden stated that the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 — a Saudi-born US resident known for writing critical articles about the kingdom’s rulers for The Washington Post — had turned the country into a “pariah.”
According to US intelligence findings released by the Biden administration, bin Salman, also known as MBS, was the mastermind of the operation.
Last month, Biden attempted to distance himself from the upcoming meeting, telling reporters that he would meet with King Salman and his team.
However, the White House confirmed earlier this week that he will meet with MBS as part of the larger delegation on the trip.
“As president, it is my responsibility to keep our country strong and secure,” the US president wrote in the Washington Post on Saturday.
“We must counter Russia’s aggression, position ourselves to outcompete China, and work for greater stability in a critical region of the world,” he added.
“In order to do these things, we need to engage directly with countries that can influence the outcomes.”
Saudi Arabia is one of them, and when I meet with Saudi leaders on Friday, my goal will be to forge a forward-looking strategic partnership based on mutual interests and responsibilities, while also adhering to fundamental American values.”
During his July 13-16 trip, Biden will also visit Israel and the West Bank, which he describes as “beginning a new and more promising chapter of America’s engagement” in the Middle East.
He stated that the region was “more stable and secure” than when he assumed the presidency of the United States in January 2021, citing recent thaws in relations between Israel and some Arab nations in particular.
These are encouraging trends that the United States can strengthen in ways that no other country can, Biden said.
He mentioned the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached with world powers in 2015 but abandoned three years later by his predecessor, Donald Trump.
“My administration will maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran until it is ready to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, as I remain prepared to do,” Biden wrote.