US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, during a call with Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan on Wednesday, stressed the importance of bilateral relations with Riyadh.
Janet Yellen also stressed the need to address the daunting challenges of ending the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting the recovery of the global economy, combating income inequality, and aggressively addressing the threat of climate change.
The US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the United States will cooperate with Saudi Arabia where the interests of the two countries converge.
He added that his country will not tolerate clarification or defense of interests and values.
And Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said that US President Joe Biden intends to re-evaluate US relations with Saudi Arabia.
She added that the US administration will communicate with Riyadh through Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The White House confirmed that the United States would assist Saudi Arabia in meeting its self-defense needs.
Psaki’s comments represented a surprising change in US policy from its predecessor, headed by Donald Trump, whose son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner was close to the Saudi crown prince.
It is worth noting that the White House has said that there are no plans to contact Saudi Arabia.