Joe Biden in Saudi Arabia-As part of his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Biden focused on improving ties with the country as well as addressing regional challenges, including rising petrol prices.
Visiting Saudi Arabia is Biden’s first official trip since taking office, and he will meet the crown prince for the first time. In addition to the day’s events, the 79-year-old president and 36-year-old Saudi royal need to renew their longstanding strategic partnership.
Crown prince MBS, whose initials stand for his initials, may already consider the visit a victory. Biden’s interaction with the crown prince has been the subject of considerable speculation, both as to the choreography and substance.
Before meeting with King Salman, Biden was expected to meet with Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials, as well as the president’s top advisers.
He is on the third day of a four-day trip to the Middle East when he arrives in the port city of Jeddah. Prior to flying to Saudi Arabia, he met with Israeli officials for two days before traveling to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.