Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
US President Joe Biden is working to ‘recalibrate’ the American relationship with Saudi Arabia and will lay its emphasis on outreaching to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud instead of Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman,the country’s de facto ruler.
“We’re going to recalibrate our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday. “Part of that is going back to engagement counterpart-to-counterpart. The president’s counterpart is King Salman.”
Well it is believed that this move could be the latest sign of Team Biden to pursue a different track from President Donald Trump towards the world’s largest oil exporter.
For the unversed Trump had established close ties with Prince Mohammed and made Saudi Arabia the centerpiece of his strategy towards the Middle East but now things are gradually changing.
In Biden’s first few days, the US has our hold on sales or key weapons to the Saudi Arabia Kingdom and announced that new efforts will bring an end to the Saudi -led war in Yemen.
US officials said that they want to help the Saudis be better able to defend themselves against Iranian aggression.
The approach marks another notable break from former President Donald Trump diplomacy who had been strongly supportive of Mohammed bin Salman even after US-based intelligence agencies concluded that he had personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018
For the unversed Khashoggi, was a columnist for the Washington Post and had written critically about the prince’s policies in the kingdom.
Prince Salman is the deputy prime minister and defense minister of Saudi Arabia and has held a vast range of responsibilities as heir to the throne since 2015.
According to the reports Instead of engaging primarily with Biden, the crown’s prince most appropriate US Counterpart is Defense Secretary Llyod Austin.
However, the diplomatic changes did not ignite an immediate Official reaction from Saudi Arabia yet