Newshub18 :Biden is making his first trip to the Middle East as president.
The White House announced on Tuesday that President Joe Biden would soon begin his first visit to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia as presidentIt is a visit that analysts say will move forward with the subtle process of normalizing Israel’s relations with its neighbors in a complex region. Because the strategic importance of that region is very important for Washington.
Biden will begin his four-day tour in mid-July, first in Israel. There he will meet with Israeli leaders. He will hold talks with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to express his support for a two-state solution between the divided parties.
With neither side showing signs of agreeing to a concession, the chances of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians are slim.
Although Biden has changed some of Trump’s policies, which he sees as hostile to the Palestinians, including the restoration of financial aid and the resumption of diplomatic contacts, he has maintained the United States’ recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights and maintained the US embassy in Jerusalem. Despite criticism of the policy during his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration, Biden did not apply any pressure to stop the expansion of Israeli settlements.
He will then travel from Israel to Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia that is seen as the gateway to Islam’s two holy sites, Mecca and Medina. Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, and this will be the first direct flight of an American president from Israel since former President Donald Trump’s historic 2016 flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv in a country that does not recognize Israel.
In Jeddah, he will meet the leaders of the oil-rich kingdom – not only his direct ally the old and sick king – but also the Crown Prince, who is seen as the main director of policy and indeed the leader of one of the last monarchies in the world.
White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said the president would meet with King Salman and more than a dozen other leaders, including our Saudi organizers for the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq and JordanYes, we can expect President Biden to meet with the Saudi Crown Prince. “