Joe Biden defends decision to visit Saudi Arabia: « it is my job to keep our country strong and secure »
« To do these things, we have to engage directly with countries that can impact those outcomes. Saudi Arabia is one of them, and when I meet with Saudi leaders on Friday, my aim will be to strengthen a strategic partnership going forward that’s based on mutual and responsibilities, while also holding true to fundamental American values, » he added interests.
In his op-ed, Biden also said he will be focused on a more integrated and stable Middle East, calling the region « essential to global trade and the supply chains we rely on » while also noting how critical Middle East energy supplies are in light of sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
« And a region that’s coming together through diplomacy and cooperation — rather than coming apart through conflict — is less likely to give rise to violent extremism that threatens our homeland or new wars that could place new burdens on US military forces and their families, “Biden said.
The President is also set to travel to Israel during the visit. He touted US security assistance for the country in his op-ed, while also noting, « Working with Congress, my administration restored approximately $500 million in support for Palestinians. »
Biden is set to travel to the region on Wednesday.