Biden Chickens Out To Saudi Arabia

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – The Biden administration has emphasized the improvement of their relations with Saudi Arabia after a period of tension preceding the midterm elections. However, the administration seems to have made no headway in persuading Riyadh to reduce gas prices.

Recently, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and announced that the relationship between the two countries has improved since October. President Biden ultimately chose not to follow through with his previous pledge to impose “consequences” on Saudi Arabia in response to their decision to decrease oil production.

During an interview in Riyadh with Arabic media, Blinken stated that their perspective on the OPEC+ decision to reduce oil production has evolved. They now perceive an enhancement in the partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States, with both countries making efforts to foster progress.

Riyadh continues to rely heavily on oil revenues, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de-facto ruler and heir apparent of the kingdom, is striving to transform Saudi Arabia into a hub for business and culture in the region.

Previously, Riyadh had been reluctant to seek common ground with the U.S. regarding their energy interests, despite President Biden’s approval of billions of dollars in weapons sales last year.

Thus far, the Biden administration has made strategic choices in handling Saudi Arabia to align with shared interests between the two countries. These decisions have also contributed to progress in ending Yemen’s ongoing civil war, which has lasted for eight years.

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