Saudi Arabia, UAE leaders ‘decline calls with Biden’

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Saudi Arabia, UAE leaders ‘decline calls with Biden’

The leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have declined call arrangements with US President Joe Biden as the US and its allies worked to curb the surge in energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

According to US officials, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan have been unavailable to Biden following several requests for talks.

“There was some expectation of a phone call, but it didn’t happen. It was part of turning on the spigot [of Saudi oil],” a US official said.

OPEC+, which includes Russia, declined to expand oil production last week, despite pressure from the West.

Allegations of frigid communications with Saudi Arabia come as the Biden administration strives to boost oil supplies after formally banning Russian oil shipments on Tuesday, sending oil prices to a 14-year high of $130 per barrel.

During the Biden administration, relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia have deteriorated over American policy in the Gulf region.

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki stated earlier this week that there are no plans for Biden and Prince Mohammed to meet anytime soon and that the president will not fly to Riyadh.

However, in recent weeks, senior US officials from the national security council and the state department reportedly traveled to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to make direct US representations. BKM/ Expat Media


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