"It’s worse than shame"Call for Punishment of White House Staffer Who Approved Way of Greeting Between Biden and Bin Salman

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, columnist Karen House said that her country’s President Joe Biden exposed himself to shame and embarrassment during a visit to Saudi Arabia and harmed US security interests.

According to the journalist, the US president himself has steadily created the necessary conditions for diplomatic embarrassment when he called Saudi Arabia a “rogue state” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the “murderer” of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

And the scandal entered a new round, when the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Jubeir, was quick to say that he did not remember such statements, but Biden, in fact, accused the Saudi minister of lying.

“This is before you an attempt to restore US-Saudi cooperation, which is the goal that Biden set before his visit to the kingdom,” House added. “This trip was worse than a missed opportunity. It damaged US security interests in the Middle East. Showing the world that neither Saudi Arabia nor the other Gulf states trust the United States enough to make any sacrifice to revive a deeply flawed relationship.”

Separately, the commentator drew attention to the president’s refusal to officially shake hands with the crown prince. According to her, White House staff should be held accountable for such a serious breach of protocol.

“A White House employee who decides that a vulgar handshake is better than a regular formal handshake should be fired,” she said.

“Coronavirus has nothing to do with all this: the US president has previously shaken hands with other Saudis, as well as Israelis and Palestinians. If he thinks that the lack of a handshake satisfies the anti-Saudi critics in his party, he is wrong,” she said. noted.

The journalist noted that Riyadh has given Washington a fairly clear signal about its energy policy, and that it does not intend to build it with a focus on the United States.

And the journalist continued: “Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud reiterated that any increase in oil production will not be a decision of Saudi Arabia, but a decision of the members of the OPEC + agreement, which includes Russia. And that’s not a very subtle way of saying that Saudi Arabia will maintain friendly relations with President Vladimir Putin, regardless of the wishes of the United States.”

Source: RIA Novosti

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