– Biden criticized Saudi Arabia for human rights
Jeddah, dt. 16 July 2022, Saturday
US President Joe Biden, who arrived directly in Saudi Arabia on Friday after his visit to Israel, met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “What happened to journalist Khashoggi was outrageous,” Biden said Friday night after meeting with Prince Mohammed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. In fact, Biden criticized Saudi Arabia for human rights. At the same time, he has now met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as President.
The Democratic president authorized the release of US intelligence last year that suggested Crown Prince Salman may have approved Khashoggi’s assassination. The publication of the report caused a strain in US-Saudi relations. Prince Mohammed faced global outrage after the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.
Meanwhile, when Biden was asked on Thursday whether he would raise the issue of the 2018 killing of journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi during his meeting with the crown prince, the US president did not give a direct answer. “My views on privacy are clear and I have never been silent on human rights,” Biden said. However, the reasons for my visit to Saudi Arabia are broad. This is to promote American interests. At the same time, after meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden said, “I’ve just made it clear that if something like this happens, he will get a reaction.”