The G20 summit, one of the world’s largest international economic groups, is scheduled to be held in Indonesia next month. The alliance leaders will be joined by US President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman.
Al-Jazeera reported that Biden has no plans to meet Mohammed bin Salman, even though he will be present at the same conference at the same time.
According to the report, President Joe Biden has ‘no plans’ to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit to be held in Indonesia next month, according to a senior US official. Biden has taken this position mainly because of the continued tension over the decision of OPEC Plus to reduce oil production.
White House national security adviser Jack Sullivan said Sunday that President Biden will work “methodically” on how to respond to Saudi Arabia’s oil production cuts and include options for changing US security assistance.
In an interview with CNN, Sullivan said that no change in US-Saudi relations is imminent. However, Biden is reevaluating Riyadh’s relationship with Washington.
He also said, ‘President Biden is not going to make any decision quickly. He will work methodically and strategically. He will take the time to consult with members of both parties and get back to Congress so he can personally work through options with them.’
Recently, Biden attacked MBS regarding the reduction of oil production on behalf of OPEC Plus. Western countries are also increasingly suspicious that this decision was taken in Russia’s interests. Earlier, he also warned that Saudi Arabia will face consequences for this action.
Despite being a US ally, Riyadh’s decision is practically on Russia’s side. This caused anger in the Biden administration, and the White House said last week that President Biden is reevaluating the relationship of the United States with Saudi Arabia. The move is expected to boost oil prices around the world. And by doing this, Russia will be able to earn more money for the attack on Ukraine.
Saudi Arabia’s defense minister said he was “surprised” by accusations that Saudi Arabia is siding with Russia in its war with Ukraine.
Prince Khalid bin Salman said the OPEC Plus decision was taken unanimously and for purely economic reasons. “Such false accusations did not come from the Ukrainian government,” he wrote on Twitter.