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Biden’s fist bump belies unease between Saudi Arabia and US

By Felicia Schwartz

17 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Biden's trip to the Middle East has watched closely by the international community. The Financial Times reports on his recent meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince...

Energy crisis and concerns about China’s deepening Middle Eastern footprint mean Washington cannot ignore RiyadhJust hours after Joe Biden greeted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a fist bump ahead of a long meeting between the pair, the US president was still insisting his visit to Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the kingdom’s day-to-day leader.

“I didn’t come here to meet with the crown prince,” Biden said, pointing to his agenda, which included a summit with other Arab leaders.

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