Saudi Arabia visit and renewed ties critical to President Biden’s political future, Bloomberg

US President Joe Biden arrives in Saudi Arabia on the second but most important leg of his Middle East tour, making it clear that renewed ties with Riyadh are more important to his political future than he realizes.

The presidential plane arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah directly from Israel’s Air Force One, where it was warmly welcomed by Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema bint Bandar.

This is the second time that an American president has arrived in Saudi Arabia directly from Israel.

According to a Bloomberg report, President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia was a small success before a big one. According to Bloomberg, an agreement has also been reached on the use of Saudi airspace for Israeli flights.

In the context of the opposition of his party’s main senator, Joe Manchin, and during his election campaign two years ago, he had made strong remarks about Saudi Arabia on the case of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post, but now his crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman is of great importance to him and he seems to be backing away from past announcements.

Presidential advisers have previously said that Biden would stay in touch with 86-year-old King Salman rather than the Saudi crown prince, but King Salman has handed over most of his powers to his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Bloomberg added that the president’s meetings with Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies could boost oil deals in the future.

According to Bloomberg, the airspace agreement will prevent flights from Asia to Israel from making long detours.

According to Bloomberg, the United States has also sought cooperation from Israel and Arab countries to counter Iran’s regional influence.