The American “CNN” network reported that the White House spokeswoman’s statements regarding the exact date of the conversation between President Joe Biden and the Saudi monarch amounted to a “heavy blow” to the Saudi crown prince.
According to the network, the statements of the White House spokeswoman, Jane Psaki, in response to a press question, Tuesday, about the date of President Biden’s conversation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying: “We have made it clear from the beginning that we will reset our relationship with Saudi Arabia..and part. One of that is to restore contact between the United States and Saudi Arabia to be between the president and the king. I expect that at the appropriate time, the president will hold a conversation with King Salman, but I have no expectations of the timetable for this conversation. ”This response was a“ strong punch ”.
Whether it is (Basaki’s recent statements) a return to adherence to a strict protocol, or an intentional step, to arrange and place Mohammed bin Salman, this step reflects Biden’s public rejection of the “governor”, according to the American network.
The network pointed out that Biden promised during his election campaign to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah”, noting also the recent statements of the Head of National Intelligence, Avril Heinz, that it would publish a report on the “brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.”
Diplomatically, Psaki refers to “the end of the intimate relationship that Mohammed bin Salman enjoyed during the era of former President Donald Trump,” as the Saudi prince often bypassed the State Department, through phone calls with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and special advisor for Middle East affairs, according to The network, which indicated that the new US officials overtaking Mohammed bin Salman publicly is an embarrassing matter that the Saudi crown prince cannot hide, but this does not mean that he will not participate in Biden’s calls with the king, especially since the prince is the de facto ruler of the country and has strong influence.
The network pointed out that Mohammed bin Salman is the inherent force in the monarchy and the vision that shapes the country’s future. Assuming that Mohammed bin Salman will not know what Biden will say to the king or not to participate would amount to diminishing his influence.
On the other hand, several Saudi sources indicated recently that the long-term US-Saudi relations are still all good, after expectations indicated by Saudi observers that perhaps there will be some difficulties in relations once Biden arrives at the White House, but they expect to recover after that.