US ‘will not walk away’ from Middle East: Biden at Saudi summit

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US President Joe Biden is utilizing a summit of Arab nations to put out his technique for the Middle East as he closes the ultimate leg of a four-day journey meant to bolster ties within the area.

At the summit that started in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea metropolis of Jeddah on Saturday, Biden stated the United States “will not walk away” from the Middle East.

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Leaders of six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates – plus Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq are holding talks on regional safety and bilateral relations with the United States on the summit.

“We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia or Iran,” Biden stated. “We will seek to build on this moment with active, principled, American leadership.”

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Although US forces proceed to focus on armed teams within the area and stay deployed at bases all through the Middle East, Biden recommended that he was turning the web page after Washington’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Today, I am proud to be able to say that the eras of land wars in the region, wars that involved huge numbers of American forces, is not under way,” he stated.

US President Joe Biden takes notes as he attends the Jeddah Security and Development Summit
Biden takes notes as he attends Jeddah Security and Development Summit (GCC+3) [Mandel Ngan/AFP]
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Biden additionally pressed his counterparts, a lot of whom lead repressive governments, to make sure human rights, together with girls’s rights, and permit their residents to talk overtly.

“The future will be won by the countries that unleash the full potential of their populations,” he stated, together with permitting folks to “question and criticise leaders without fear of reprisal.”

The US president spent Saturday morning assembly individually with the leaders of Iraq, Egypt and the UAE, a few of whom he had by no means sat down with.


Al Jazeera’s White House correspondent Kimberly Halkett stated by way of a political win, Biden was going again home “empty-handed”.

“He needed to push the Saudis to pump more oil to bring down energy prices in the United States – that goal has not been accomplished,” Halkett stated, talking from Doha.

However, Biden believes that there are different objectives of worth that can take time to reap the advantages, she continued.

“He believes that there will be improved cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbours in the future,” Halkett stated. “There will be increased economic productivity and increased economic cooperation, but these are not things that are going to be visible in the near future.”

For Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara, Biden’s go to to Saudi Arabia is extra vital than his cease in Israel.

“The alliance with Israel is strong, [so] I think what’s new is what’s happening with Saudi Arabia,” he stated.

Bishara additionally stated Biden has three Ds in his technique.

“It’s important to once again underline the things the US president mentioned: America is going to continue with diplomacy. It is also going to do so with deterrence, [preventing] Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And de-escalation. He once again commended the idea that there is a ceasefire in Yemen,” Bishara added.

‘Israeli intransigence’

At the summit, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stated reaching stability within the Gulf area is crucial not solely to it however to the worldwide group.

“We reaffirm our position to spare the Gulf and the Middle East the danger of a nuclear armament while recognising the right of the countries in the region to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in accordance with international law,” Sheikh Tamim stated.

The emir additionally stated regional instability will proceed so long as Israel maintains its occupation of the Palestinian folks.

“One of the most important sources of instability will linger unless Israel stops its violation of international law reflected in the building of settlements and changing Jerusalem’s character and continuing to impose siege on Gaza,” he stated.

“It is inappropriate for Arabs to keep making proposals while Irsael’s role is confined to rejecting them and increasing its intransigence.”


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