Joe Biden says he will meet MBS…without meeting him

“I’m not going to meet MBS. I am going to an international meeting, in which he will participate, ”said the American president, before boarding the helicopter taking him for the weekend to his villa on the ocean.

Its convoluted formula betrays the embarrassment of Mr. Biden, aware that his visit scheduled for mid-July in the oil kingdom will devote the international rehabilitation of the prince, who had been largely isolated after the assassination of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US intelligence accuses MBS of having “validated” the assassination of the Washington Post columnist and Joe Biden had estimated, before his election to the White House, that Saudi Arabia should be treated as a “pariah” state.

Mr. Biden then also made it known that he refused to exchange directly with “MBS”.

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