When Joe Biden was swimming in a congratulatory message from the international community after being elected President of the United States, Saudi Arabia clearly shut its mouth. It took more than 24 hours to congratulate the monarchy in the Middle East due to criticism. But as the days of Biden’s swearing came closer, Riyadh’s tone changed. In an interview with Reuters on Saturday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud expressed optimism about Biden of Riyadh.
Prince Faisal expressed optimism that the new administration’s policies, led by Joe Biden, would help maintain regional stability. Any talks with him in Saudi Arabia would be helpful. Riyadh has ‘confidence’ in this regard.
A Reuters report said that Riyadh is trying to boost ties with a new US president who promised to rethink relations with Saudi Arabia during the election campaign.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a personal relationship with the outgoing US President Donald Trump and his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Trump-Kushner’s efforts to establish relations with Israel have affected many Saudi countries in the Middle East. Trump also said that Saudi Arabia would recognize Israel. The then US President also confirmed the security of Yuvraj’s accountability for Khashogi’s assassination.
Now, with Biden’s victory in the US election, Riyadh has lost a close friend in the White House. The newly elected US President has demanded that the Saudi Crown Prince be held accountable for the ruthless killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He also promised to reevaluate relations with Riyadh during the election campaign. He called for an end to US aid to the Saudi invasion of Yemen.
The Saudi coalition bombings in Yemen did not spare schools, from weddings and even funeral prayers. Under such circumstances, the then Obama administration decided to cut Riyadh’s aid in the war in Yemen. Joe Biden was the vice president of that administration. Following the coup in the United States, Trump renewed his arms trade with Saudi Arabia. As a result, Trump’s defeat in the US election appears to be a major setback for Saudi Arabia. Apparently Riyadh is now trying to overcome that push.