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Opinion: Why Biden is right to go to Saudi Arabia

Opinion: Why Biden is right to go to Saudi Arabia

U.S. President Biden arrived in Saudi Arabia today as part of his first trip to the Middle East as president, a four-day regional tour that also included stops in Israel and the West Bank. While in Saudi Arabia, Biden is meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in addition to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and those of Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq.

But it is his encounter with ‘MBS,’ as the Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler is known, that has sparked the most controversy. You will remember that during the 2020 presidential campaign Biden vowed to make MBS a “pariah,” largely in response to the 2018 brutal murder of dissident Saudi journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. intelligence community found the crown prince was directly responsible for ordering the killing.

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