Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, considered that there is no significant change in the approach of the current US President, Joe Biden, compared with the team of his predecessor, Donald Trump, towards the Kingdom.
“Our relations are strong, dynamic and multifaceted,” Al-Jubeir said, in an interview with “Arab News” in English, Friday. The Biden administration has made clear that it is committed to defending Saudi Arabia and the Saudis against external threats. They have also clearly confirmed that they will continue to supply Saudi Arabia with defensive weapons for the sake of Ensure that it is able to protect itself. ”
“Therefore, I do not see a significant change between this administration and the previous administration regarding its commitment to Saudi Arabia,” Al-Jubeir added.
Al-Jubeir pointed out that relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia go back 80 years and represent an important factor in maintaining global stability and security.
He stressed, “Our relations with the United States are strategic. We have economic and financial interests. We are working to combat extremism and terrorism.”
And the Saudi minister added, “We are working to achieve stability in the region, whether that is through attempts to bring peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, or by trying to reduce tension between India and Pakistan, or restore stability in Sudan, or work on achieving peace.” End the war in Libya, or deal with the G5 countries in their war against Boko Haram. ”
The new American president, who belongs to the Democratic Party, took a number of steps to tighten his country’s approach towards Saudi Arabia, especially compared to his Republican predecessor, whose presidency witnessed a great convergence in relations between the two parties, especially in light of confronting Iran.
Biden had previously announced the cessation of support for the operations of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen with the freezing of arms sales to the Kingdom, and directed the removal of the “Ansar Allah” Houthi group from the list of terrorism, but with the preservation of sanctions on its leadership and pledging to continue assisting Saudi Arabia in the attacks against it.
The Biden administration has also repeatedly stressed its interest in the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, stressing that this issue will be raised during contacts with the Kingdom, while it recently published the intelligence report on the killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, saying that his assassination took place with the approval of the Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman. .
Source: “Arab News” + agencies