White House national security adviser meets Saudi prince

May 7, 2023, 4:42 PM

This is a locator map for Saudi Arabia with its capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo)Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS...

This is a locator map for Saudi Arabia with its capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo)

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s top national security aide met Sunday night with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince amid long-standing tensions between the White House and the kingdom.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency acknowledged the meeting between Jake Sullivan and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, the Red Sea port city now at the heart of seaborne evacuations from the fighting in Sudan.

The state news report said only that the men reviewed “strategic relations” in a meeting that included other American officials.

Later, Sullivan took part in a meeting with the crown prince and Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval and Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the national security adviser of the neighboring United Arab Emirates.

The White House did not immediately acknowledge the meeting or provide a readout about them. Saudi state media did not immediately publish either video or photographs of the meeting as well.

Biden did make a trip to the kingdom last July as the U.S. sought the kingdom’s assistance on keeping energy prices under control as Russia’s war on Ukraine rages on.

In the time since, Biden vowed there would be “consequences” over oil production cuts by OPEC+, a group that includes Russia. The benchmark Brent crude now sits at $75 a barrel as global markets remain concerned about nations making interest rate hikes to combat inflation and U.S. banks face turmoil.

For its part, bringing Syria back into the Arab League as the U.S. and others remain opposed to President Bashar Assad’s rule amid that country’s long war.


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White House national security adviser meets Saudi prince