Biden Hopeful for Israel’s Involvement in Arab Summit

ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Alliance News): US President Joe Biden will discuss regional missile and defense capabilities during a meeting with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, where he will seek to integrate Israel into the Arab world as part of a new axis.

According to foreign media, Biden said that we believe that there is a great need to add more capabilities to the region, and certainly Israel has significant air and missile defense capabilities that these Arab countries can harm. Yes, but we are having bilateral discussions with these countries.

Joe Biden has played down the importance of his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his first trip to the Middle East as president, focusing on planned summits with six Gulf states and Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, but Mohammed bin Salman His meeting with Salman has been criticized by human rights organizations in the US, condemning the violations being committed by Saudi Arabia.

Biden promised to isolate Saudi Arabia on the world stage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in 2018, but in the end, because of American interests, he chose the world’s largest oil exporter and the Arab world. Forced to restore relations with the greatest power.

Biden said he had raised the issue of Khashoggi’s murder in his meeting with the Saudi crown prince on Friday and that it was inappropriate to remain silent on the issue of human rights.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television quoted a Saudi official as saying that the crown prince told Biden that if the United States only deals with countries that share its values ​​100 percent, then only with NATO. Countries will do the work.

Biden needs Saudi Arabia’s help amid rising crude oil prices and other issues related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, especially as he encourages efforts to end the war in Yemen, where a temporary ceasefire is in place. At the same time, America wants to stop Iran’s dominance in the region and China’s global influence.

The administration official said the U.S. hopes to see an increase in OPEC production in the coming weeks, with Biden expected to press other Gulf producers to produce more oil. . The OPEC Plus alliance, which includes Russia, will next meet on August 3.

US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan said on Friday that the US President, who will begin his trip to the region with a visit to Israel, will hold bilateral talks with the leaders of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq before attending a wide-ranging summit where he will discuss their Will articulate the vision and strategy for America’s engagement in the Middle East.

Jack Sullivan said he intends to ensure that there is no vacuum in the Middle East for China and Russia.

Another senior administration official said Biden will announce that the U.S. has pledged $1 billion in near-term and long-term food security assistance to the Middle East and North Africa and the U.S. partnership in global infrastructure and investment in the Gulf states. will promise 3 billion dollars in the next two years.

The Gulf states have refused to side with the West against Russia in the Ukraine conflict and are now seeking a firm commitment to a strategic relationship with the US in return.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, have been frustrated by US conditions on arms sales and being excluded from indirect US-Iran talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, which they see as a threat to Tehran’s missile program and behavior. seen as a failure to address regional concerns about

Abdul Aziz Sagar, chairman of the Riyadh-based Gulf Research Center, said that the most important demand from the Saudi leadership and other Gulf leaders is that they want clarity on US policy and its direction in the region.

Israel, which voiced its concerns on IRNA, encouraged Biden’s visit to the kingdom, where it hopes it will build broader ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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