A senior White House source said that Washington believes that a large number of Middle Eastern countries that have planned to strengthen relations with Russia and China in recent years have lost the desire to do so.
The source added in a press statement: “We have heard from every capital in this region that their first choice and priority is the United States. We strive to follow this path and find areas for cooperation.”
According to him, a year and a half ago, in many capitals of the Middle East, “a shift towards Russia and even China in many directions” was noticeable. “Now all this is suspended, and in many cases very specifically – I can’t talk about it in detail, but this movement is suppressed,” he said.
At the same time, the US official expressed confidence that the countries of the Middle East will continue their relations with Russia and China, because these are quite normal relations. He argued that these countries are choosing specific areas of cooperation with Washington.
Yesterday, Saturday, US President Joe Biden completed a four-day tour of the Middle East, his first such tour as US President.
The leitmotif of this trip was Biden’s statement that the United States intends to maintain its active presence in the Middle East so that there is no vacuum left for Russia and China to fill.
Source: RIA Novosti