Biden says the US will use force as a “last resort” to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hit back at President Joe Biden when he confronted the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during the controversial meeting between the two leaders.
A source stated that – when confronted about the order to kill the Saudi dissident and Washington Post Journalist Khashoggi – MSB raised two incidents that he said reflected badly on the United States: the US military’s abuse of prisoners in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Biden told reporters that he pressured Mohammed bin Salman over the “outrageous” killing of Khashoggi during a wide-ranging meeting between senior US and Saudi officials.
He said: “I have made my point clearly … that an American president is silent on the issue of human rights does not agree with who we are and who I am.”
This came after Biden came under fire for a man believed to have ordered Khashoggi’s murder.
The President’s trip to the Middle East also continued on Saturday with a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi in Jeddah, where they discussed the bilateral partnership between the two countries and their determination to ensure that ISIS does not re-emerge.
Iran imposes sanctions on 61 Americans, including Mike Pompeo
Iran imposed a new round of sanctions on 61 Americans, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former White House national security adviser John Bolton.
On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that it had imposed sanctions on a group of Americans who expressed their support for the splinter group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
And the nation has imposed sanctions on more than 70 more Americans this year so far, as hopes of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal continue to falter.
President Joe Biden is seeking to re-enter the nuclear agreement that was reached under the Obama administration before the Trump administration dismantled it.
The new set of sanctions was released on the same day that President Joe Biden spoke to a group of leaders in the Middle East, saying that Iran never had nuclear weapons.
Rachel SharpJuly 16, 2022 20:40
The Saudi crown prince’s unrealistic emissions policies will lead to “unprecedented” inflation
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said “unrealistic” emissions policies will lead to “unprecedented” inflation, with more investment needed in fossil fuels and clean energy technologies.
Mohammed bin Salman spoke at the Gulf Cooperation Council on Saturday about global demand for oil as gas prices continue to rise.
He pointed out that “adopting unrealistic policies to reduce emissions by excluding the main sources of energy will lead in the coming years to unprecedented inflation, increase in energy prices, increase unemployment and exacerbate serious social and security problems.”
He added that the “geopolitical situation” and the pandemic meant that the transition to sustainable energy sources required a “realistic and responsible” approach.
His comments come after Biden told reporters that Mohammed bin Salman had agreed to boost oil production in Saudi Arabia – a move that would lower gas prices for Americans – during their controversial meeting on Friday.
Rachel SharpJuly 16, 2022 20:10
Mohammed bin Salman says Saudi Arabia can’t produce more oil
Mohammed bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia cannot significantly increase its oil production, after President Joe Biden met with the crown prince in efforts to tackle extremely high gas prices in the United States.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in the Gulf Cooperation Council on Saturday that his oil-rich country was almost at the limit of its oil production and could not produce more than 13 million barrels per day.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, Saudi Arabia currently produces about 10.2 million barrels of crude oil per day.
His comments come after Biden told reporters that Mohammed bin Salman had agreed to boost his oil production – a move that would lower gas prices for Americans – during their controversial meeting on Friday.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 19:40
Biden discusses food security and energy supply with Egyptian President
President Joe Biden discussed food security and energy disruptions with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as they met face to face for the first time.
The two leaders met in Jeddah on Saturday where they talked about climate change, the revival of the Palestinian peace process and the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The Renaissance Dam has been at the center of the ongoing confrontation between Egypt and Ethiopia for years.
Cairo said the construction of the massive dam on the Nile could limit water access to Egypt. Egyptian officials said Sisi spoke of his desire to reach a legally binding agreement on the dam’s operation.
The White House said Biden congratulated Mr. Sisi on Egypt’s 27th presidencyThe tenth The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in Sharm el-Sheikh last November and its role in tackling the climate crisis.
“The two leaders affirmed their countries’ support for the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) and the new GMP Energy Path, to which Egypt has joined in the oil and gas sector,” the statement read.
The two leaders reaffirmed the new US-Egypt Partnership on Adaptation in Africa, co-led by the US and Egypt, and focused on delivering concrete initiatives that improve people’s lives and help build resilience in the face of a changing climate. The leaders committed to convening the meeting of the US-Egypt Joint Climate Working Group as soon as possible.”
The meeting represented further warmth in relations between the two countries, after the two leaders clashed in the past over human rights issues.
Relations began to improve after Egypt made efforts to broker a ceasefire in Gaza in May 2021.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 19:13
What happened to Jamal Khashoggi?
On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi – A Washington Post Journalist and outspoken critic of the Saudi government – was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
US officials said the murder was carried out by a team of intelligence agents linked to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known as MBS – before dismembering his body with a bone saw.
The Saudi government initially denied any involvement in the killing before claiming that officers killed him by mistake while trying to extradite him to Saudi Arabia.
US intelligence agencies later concluded that Mohammed bin Salman had ordered his killing.
Mohammed bin Salman has always denied any responsibility — a denial he continued to hold when he met face-to-face with President Joe Biden on Friday.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 18:40
The American lawyer who defended Khashoggi is being held in the UAE
An American lawyer who defended murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been detained in the UAE, sparking further controversy over President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East.
Asim Ghafoor, a US citizen and civil rights attorney from Virginia, was arrested at Dubai airport on Thursday as he was traveling to Istanbul for a family wedding, according to the organization Democracy in the Arab World Now (DAWN).
The human rights organization said that Mr. Ghafoor is now being held in a detention center in Abu Dhabi on charges related to a money laundering conviction in absentia.
Dawn said in a statement on Friday that Mr. Ghafoor had no prior knowledge of any convictions.
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An American lawyer who defended murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been detained in the United Arab Emirates, sparking further controversy over President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 18:10
ICYMI: Biden’s controversial criticism with Mohammed bin Salman
President Joe Biden came under fire on Friday when the camera caught him greeting the Saudi crown prince with an informal fist.
US intelligence found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – also known as MBS – was responsible for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Watch the embarrassing meeting between Biden and Mohammed bin Salman below:
Joe Biden jumps fist of Saudi crown prince after vowing to make him ‘outcast’
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 17:40
Biden poses for a “family photo” with the Saudi crown prince
President Joe Biden posed for a “family photo” with the Saudi crown prince, hours after the two men exchanged harsh words over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pictures show the president alongside Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman along with other leaders from the Middle East on Saturday, the last day of his four-day trip to the region.
As shown in the pictures: King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. King Abdullah II of Jordan; Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Kuwaiti Crown Prince Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Asaad bin Tariq Al Said, a special representative of the Sultan of Oman.
The so-called “family photo” comes after Friday’s meeting between Biden and MSB in which the US president said he confronted the Saudi crown prince over his role in Khashoggi’s murder.
The meeting itself was a source of contention, especially given Biden’s comments during the 2020 White House race that he would make Saudi Arabia a “pariah.”
The President immediately provoked a backlash when he greeted MSB with a friendly fist at the start of the meeting.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 17:10
Biden leaves Saudi Arabia and closes his controversial trip
President Joe Biden left Saudi Arabia on Saturday at the conclusion of his controversial trip to the Middle East.
The president waved as he boarded Air Force One at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 16:50
Biden meets the leader of Bahrain
The White House issued a brief statement sharing details of a meeting between President Joe Biden and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Jeddah on Saturday.
The President affirmed the United States’ appreciation for the long-standing strategic partnership with Bahrain, including its hosting of the US Naval Forces Central Command/5The tenth The White House said.
The two leaders affirmed their commitment to strengthening defense, security, economic, commercial and people-to-people relations. President Biden praised Bahrain’s expanded relations with Israel through the Ibrahim Agreements and Operation Negev. The two leaders discussed mutual efforts to promote regional integration and deepen security cooperation.
The meeting was one of many that Biden held with Middle Eastern leaders during his four-day trip.
Rachel SharpJuly 16 2022 16:10
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