Joe Biden does not plan to meet Saudi prince at G20 summit

Joe Biden does not plan to meet Saudi prince at G20 summit

This announcement from Washington comes amid new tensions in relations between the two countries caused by Saudi pressure to reduce oil production.

President Joe Biden does not plan to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman at the next G20 summit in Indonesia, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday (10/16/2022).

Biden “has no plans to meet with the crown prince at the G20 summit,” Sullivan told CNN, amid new tensions in relations between the two countries caused by Saudi pressure to cut oil production.

Last week’s move by OPEC+, made up of the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) cartel led by Riyadh and an additional group of 10 nations led by Russia, would reduce global production by up to two million barrels a day. From November.

It could send prices skyrocketing amid a war-triggered energy crisis in Ukraine, and as inflation-weary American voters prepare to vote in midterm elections on Nov. 8.

diplomatic slap

In the United States, that move was seen as a diplomatic slap in the face, after Biden traveled to Saudi Arabia in July and met with the crown prince despite promising to make the kingdom an international “pariah” after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. 2018.

The Biden administration has expressed its support for retaliatory measures handled in Congress by Democratic lawmakers. But Sullivan said Sunday that the president would not act “hastily.”

“He’s going to be methodical, strategic and take time to consult with members of both parties,” the Democrat and the Republican.

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