WSJ learns about Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia

WSJ: White House may announce Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia June 13 Biden is trying to improve relations with Riyadh to eliminate oil dependence on Russia, writes WSJ. According to newspaper sources, the White House announces the visit of the US President to Saudi Arabia on June 13 .jpg” alt=”WSJ has learned of Biden's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia” />

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The White House may announce Joe Biden's visit to Saudi Arabia, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, citing sources.

“White House plans to announce President Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia as early as Monday [June 13,”— said in the publication.

According to sources, the American leader next month will visit several states in the Middle East, including Israel. One of the highlights of the trip will be a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Biden is currently making attempts to improve relations with Riyadh in the framework of energy cooperation. Thus, the head of the White House plans to simultaneously reduce oil prices and eliminate fuel dependence on Russia, writes WSJ.

In early June, The New York Times, citing its own sources, also reported on the decision of the American president to travel to Saudi Arabia and personally meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. During the visit, the American president is going to restore relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia, which deteriorated after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the newspaper wrote.

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Jamal Khashoggi was a journalist for The Washington Post. He has been critical of the Saudi authorities and has lived in the United States since 2017. In October 2018, he went to the consulate of the kingdom in Istanbul and disappeared. Riyadh denied allegations of Khashoggi's murder, but later acknowledged the incident. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has claimed responsibility for Khashoggi's murder. He claimed that his subordinates acted without his knowledge.

Then, on June 2, Reuters reported a possible meeting with the Saudi prince, citing its own sources. According to them, it was to be held at the summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf. Biden himself said on June 12 that he had not yet decided to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and the imposition of an embargo on oil and other energy resources from Russia, the United States decided to call on Saudi Arabia to increase oil production. In March, The Wall Street Journal reported on attempts by the White House to contact the authorities of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, but the conversation was denied. At the end of May, Axios learned that two Biden advisers went to Riyadh for secret talks.

Financial Times previously reported that a significant reduction in Russian production could become a condition for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production. At the same time, the sources of the newspaper clarified that the leadership of Saudi Arabia is aware that the market is overloaded and oil prices are at a high level, but they also believe that “there is no real shortage [in the market] yet.” Another source told the FT that the increase in Saudi Arabia's oil production, scheduled for September, will be postponed to July and August, although OPEC + will have to approve this change.

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