White House announces Biden trip to Saudi Arabia, West Bank, Israel

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White House announces Biden trip to Saudi Arabia, West Bank, Israel

President Biden will visit Saudi Arabia next month, the White House confirmed Tuesday, contradicting his campaign promise to make Riyadh a “pariah” over its alleged role in the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi visit will be the final leg of a trip that will also take the president to Israel and the West Bank July 13-16.

The White House statement said Biden would visit the kingdom at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, but did not say whether he would meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — who is widely believed to have ordered Khashoggi’s murder.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The White House did not say whether Biden would meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
AP

“The President appreciates King Salman’s leadership and his invitation,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “He looks forward to this important visit to Saudi Arabia, which has been a strategic partner of the United States for nearly eight decades.”

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