Washington intends to demonstrate to countries of the Middle East that the US can continue to lead in the region, President Joe Biden told a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday.
The president said that he planned to discuss the human rights issue at the upcoming meeting with Saudi leadership. “I have never been quiet about talking about human rights,” Biden said, stressing that the reason he was going to Saudi Arabia was much broader, it was to promote the US interests. “What I think, we made a mistake of walking away from our influence in the Middle East,” the US leader stressed ahead of a Gulf Cooperation Council summit hosted by Saudi Arabia.
Biden said he was going to meet “with nine other heads of state”. “And so there are so many issues at stake that I want to make clear that we can continue to lead in the region and not create a vacuum,” Biden stressed.
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