US President Joe Biden said, Friday, in a speech from Jeddah, where he is on a visit that will continue until Saturday, that he had good talks with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Biden praised the Kingdom’s role in supporting the truce in Yemen, saying that “Saudi Arabia contributed to the stabilization and support of the truce” sponsored by the United Nations in Yemen, adding: “I agreed with the Saudi leadership to deepen and extend the truce.”
The US President also confirmed that he discussed with the Saudi leadership the “security and military needs of Saudi Arabia” to confront the threats of Iran and its proxies in the region.
Biden also announced that “international peacekeeping forces, including US forces, will leave Tiran Island in the Red Sea, where they have been for more than 40 years,” which will contribute to the development of this region for investments and tourism.
He also said that he discussed with Saudi Arabia the “energy security file,” adding: “We had talks about energy security in the world and adequate supplies to support global economic growth and that will start soon”
He continued, “Saudi Arabia will also coordinate work on green energy and solar energy, as well as reducing emissions for the energy transition, and will also help American companies to adopt global standards.”
In the same context, Biden revealed an agreement “to link the electricity network in Iraq with the network of the Cooperation Council through Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.”
He also revealed an agreement between Washington and Riyadh “on partnerships regarding 5G internet technology.” In the same context, Biden said that Washington would not leave a “vacuum in the Middle East for Russia and China.”
In another context, Biden said that “the Saudi crown prince has already taken measures against those responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”
Biden met Friday in Jeddah with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at the beginning of a pivotal visit to discuss energy, politics, and relations between the Gulf and Washington.
He was received by the Crown Prince at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, where they held a session of bilateral talks.