Washington: We will contact King Salman, not his crown prince

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White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said that US President Joe Biden intends to reevaluate US relations with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

She added that the US administration would communicate with Riyadh through Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Reassessing US relations with Saudi Arabia.

 

The White House confirmed that the United States would assist Saudi Arabia in meeting its self-defense needs.

Psaki’s comments represented a sudden change in US policy from its predecessor, headed by Donald Trump, whose son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner was close to the Saudi crown prince.

On Friday, the White House said there were no plans to contact Saudi Arabia.

White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki reported that no call was planned to be held with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“It is clear that there is a review of our policy as it relates to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia … I do not know of plans for contact with the Kingdom,” she said at the daily press conference.

Earlier, Saki avoided answering whether the administration would impose sanctions on the kingdom over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The “Herald Tribune” newspaper said that relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are witnessing some change. On the one hand, President Biden assured the Saudis that he would consult with Israel on Iran and its leaders.

Source: Agencies

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