Finally, Saudi Arabia congratulated the newly elected US President Joe Biden. However, after Biden was elected, it took more than 24 hours for the Middle Eastern monarchy to extend its greetings. According to a report by the UK-based news agency Reuters.
The de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Prince MBS, has been virtually silent as the world is busy congratulating Biden since the victory was confirmed. He spoke in support of the American coalition, but said that maintaining some independence was important to Biden. Finally on Sunday, Saudi King Salman and his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. At the time, he expressed Riyadh’s interest in further strengthening the existing relations between the two countries.
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. Several countries in the Saudi region in the Middle East have been affected by Trump-Kushner’s efforts to establish ties with Israel. 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, 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’s bombardment 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 is clearly a major setback for Saudi Arabia.