The visit of the US President to Saudi Arabia and Israel in a single visit is an important step. The Biden administration is working to advance the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations between Israel and the Arab Gulf states. Biden may meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, during his possible visit to Saudi Arabia in late June, according to US officials. Bin Salman is the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia and after King Salman, he will sit on the throne of Saudi Arabia.
Biden called Saudi Arabia ‘untouchable’
At present, Biden’s visit to Saudi has not been announced. The White House has declined to comment on the matter. If Biden goes to Saudi Arabia, it will be in stark contrast to his statement that he had called on the Arab country to be treated like an ‘untouchable’. Biden promised to treat Saudi Arabia as an “untouchable” after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and critic of the Crown Prince.
CIA accuses Mohammed bin Salman
Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The US intelligence agency, the CIA, later claimed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. The Crown Prince, however, denied the allegations of involvement in the murder. “He should be held accountable,” Biden said during the candidate debate in 2019.
Jamal Khashoggi was a strong critic of Mohammed bin Salman
Khashoggi was considered a strong critic of the Saudi prince. Last year, in the Khashoggi murder case, the US intelligence had made a big claim and directly blamed Mohammed bin Salman. US officials believe that Saudi Crown Prince approved an operation to “capture or kill” journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi High Commission in Istanbul.