Washington (The Times Groupe)- US President Joe Biden said Friday he does not plan to meet with Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman when he visits the Kingdom next month.
Joe Biden said he would not meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“I’m going to an international meeting with him, just as there were people involved in our discussions today,” Biden told reporters before departing the White House for his home state of Delaware.
Biden is scheduled to visit the Kingdom in mid-July and participate in a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Jeddah alongside nine regional leaders.
Biden has long opposed sitting down with bin Salman, who US intelligence determined ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
After initially denying responsibility for Khashoggi’s killing, Saudi Arabia admitted it was responsible, claiming it was a botched rendition operation.
Because of Khashoggi’s murder, the president said he would declare Saudi Arabia a “pariah” state.