The Saudi Royal Court announced today, Tuesday, that US President Joe Biden will visit the Kingdom on July 15-16, at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
He also made it clear that Biden would meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”.
In turn, the White House announced that Biden will meet King Salman and the Crown Prince, and he will participate in the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, whose session the Kingdom is chairing. He said in a statement that the visit was prepared at the highest level and for months by senior officials and diplomats in the US administration.
White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said that the US President appreciates King Salman’s invitation and his leadership role, and looks forward to this important visit, and to Saudi Arabia’s role as a strategic partner for eight decades.
Joe Biden (Reuters)
She added that Biden will meet with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Jeddah to discuss important regional and international issues, including Saudi-American efforts to end the war in Yemen and expand economic and security cooperation in the region.
In addition, she pointed out that in addition to his participation in the Gulf Cooperation Council summit, Biden will meet officials from Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, and he will discuss in the Kingdom the issues of the region, foremost of which is confronting Iran, as well as the situation in Yemen and the importance of supporting the UN initiative for a truce, which led to the longest period of calm for seven years, along with global food and energy security issues. She indicated that new initiatives will be announced, including naval missions in the Red Sea, with the participation of the Central Command.
It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia has always stressed the need for Tehran to stop its destabilizing movements in the region and threaten international navigation. The Kingdom also supported the armistice in Yemen, stressing the need to stop arming Iranian-backed militias in some Arab countries, which threatens their stability and violates their sovereignty.
In turn, the United States has repeatedly condemned Iran’s activities in the region, especially the issue of supporting militias.