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Latest Biden news: The president pressures the Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi’s murder and laughs at the criticism directed at him

Latest Biden news: The president pressures the Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi's murder and laughs at the criticism directed at him

Biden says the US will use force as a “last resort” to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons

Joe Biden is on the defensive as his trip to the Middle East continues in Saudi Arabia. This part of the trip aims to reset US-Saudi relations

The president has ridiculed criticism that he should not fist the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who is believed to have ordered the killing of the Saudi and Saudi dissident in 2018. Washington Post Writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden told reporters on Friday that he pressed Mohammed bin Salman about the “heinous” murder 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.”

Representative Ilhan Omar says that the trip to the kingdom “sends the wrong message to everyone who cares about human rights.”

Before the visit, Israel and Saudi Arabia took an important step towards normalizing relations with an agreement on flights and the Red Sea islands.

Before traveling to Jeddah, the president reaffirmed US support for “two states for two peoples” while in the West Bank. But he acknowledged that “the ground is not ripe” for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks.

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Biden praised Abraham’s accords dating back to the Trump era during his visit to Israel

president Joe Biden On Thursday, he gave wholehearted support to the Abraham Accords, a series of normalization agreements forged between them Israel And many kingdoms in the Middle East mediated during trump Administration. Mr. Biden added that he would expand efforts under his predecessor to deepen relations between Israel and its neighbors.

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“We will also continue to build on the Abraham Accords, which I strongly support as they deepen, deepen Israel’s integration into the broader region and establish lasting relationships for business, cooperation and tourism,” Biden said during a press conference alongside the Israeli prime minister. Minister Yair Lapid.

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US ‘Won’t Wait Forever’ for Iran to Enter Nuclear Deal

President Joe Biden On Thursday, he warned that the negotiations aimed to achieve Iran Going back to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal cannot be allowed to drag on indefinitely.

Speaking at a press conference together Israeli Prime Minister Yair LapidMr Biden was asked if he had set a deadline for when he would withdraw from the talks, which the US hopes to restart the agreement that former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018.

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Khashoggi’s fiancee criticizes Biden’s visit

Hatice GenghisThe fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal KhashoggiHe described Joe Biden’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia as “heartbreaking”, accusing the US president of reneging on his pledge to prioritize human rights.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Istanbul A day before Biden travels to Saudi Arabia on Friday to meet with the crown prince, Cengiz said Biden should pressure Saudi Arabia – a country she has described as a “terrible ally” – to embrace a human rights agenda. It also wants Biden to seek more answers from Saudi authorities about what happened to Khashoggi’s remains.

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Biden says he will take action on climate change if Senate bill fails

President Joe Biden said he would take executive action on climate change if the Democrats’ proposed spending bill did not include clean energy provisions, but he did not mention Senator Joe Manchin, who has been vocal about his opposition to a larger bill including climate provisions. and increase taxes.

The President is currently traveling to the Middle East while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is negotiating with Mr. Manchin.

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Biden’s Weekend Schedule

All times Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

11:00 The President of the Republic participates in a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

11.40 am – The President of the Republic participates in a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

12.15 pm The President of the State participates in a bilateral meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

12.45 pm The President will attend a welcome reception for the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries +3

12.55 PM The President shares a family photo with the leaders of the GCC +3

1.15 pm The President of the Republic attends the GCC Summit +3

3 p.m. The President participates in a working lunch

4.45 p.m. The President leaves Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at Mildenhall Road, UK, to refuel before heading to Washington, D.C., with an expected arrival time of 12.40 a.m. ET on Sunday.

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Biden hints at news on oil prices during a speech from Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden hints that an important announcement may come from the Saudis regarding oil supplies in the coming weeks.

The president said Friday that he had a “good discussion” with the Saudis, who “share that urgency” to address the oil supply and gas price issues that have challenged the United States and beyond.

“Based on our discussion today, I expect we will see more steps in the coming weeks,” he said during his remarks from Jeddah.

John Bowden A preview of what that might look like.

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More at this time the reporter asked Mohammed bin Salman to apologize to the Khashoggi family

Peter Alexander, NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, was the reporter who asked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman whether he would apologize to the family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to Mister Alexander and other reporters in the room, the crown prince kept his eyes down and a smirk appeared on his face.

The White House Press Caucus was granted access to an extended portion of the meeting between President Joe Biden, Mohammed bin Salman, and their advisors.

The microphones on the meeting table were not turned on and the press was kept at a distance making it difficult to hear what the two men were saying.

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In pictures: Biden meets Saudi leaders at the Royal Peace Palace

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, President Joe Biden, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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President Joe Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud welcomes President Joe Biden

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Joe Biden at the Royal Salman Palace in Jeddah

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Hanan Al-Atar Khashoggi thanks Biden for raising the murder of her late husband with Mohammed bin Salman

Statement from Ms. Hanan El-Eter Khashoggi regarding President Biden’s meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman:


I would like to thank President Biden for raising my husband Jamal Khashoggi with the Crown Prince. He raised her first and foremost and I’m grateful for that. I would also like to thank President Biden for fulfilling Jamal’s true legacy, which is to shine a light on the issue of human rights and political prisoners. This meeting marked the beginning of accountability for my husband’s murder. Through the American justice system, I and my legal team intend to hold all parties responsible for my husband’s murder.

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Biden remains committed to a two-state solution

president Joe Biden He said he’s still committed to The two-state solution for the Israelis-Palestinian Conflict, even if “the land is not mature” to resume negotiations between the two parties.

Speaking in Bethlehem alongside the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on FridayBiden said that “two states” – an Israeli state and the other Palestinian – were established along Israel’s 1967 borders with a “mutual agreement on the [land] Barter remains “the best way to achieve equal measures of security, prosperity, freedom and democracy for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”