Published: 09:59, June 13, 2022 | Updated: 10:13, June 13, 2022
Source: Biden to travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel next month
By Reuters

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud chairs the final session of the second day of the G20 summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Nov 22, 2020. (G20 SAUDI ARABIA / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA)

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel next month and the White House is planning to announce the trip this week, a source familiar with the planning said on Sunday.

Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia could include a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the source said.

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The White House has said Biden feels that the crown prince is a "pariah" for his role in the killing of a political opponent, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Turkey in 2018.

Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul tainted the crown prince's image as a reformist. The Saudi government has denied any involvement by him.

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The visit would be aimed at bolstering relations with Saudi Arabia at a time when Biden is trying to find ways to lower gasoline prices in the United States.