President Biden plans to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia in July, the White House confirmed to Axios on Sunday.
Details: Three Israeli officials said Axios Biden is expected to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority on July 14 and 15 before continuing to Saudi Arabia. The White House has not confirmed these dates, and all Israeli officials have warned that the timing has shifted several times and could change again.
Why it matters: During the election campaign, Biden promised to make Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman an “outcast” for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. But the rise in global oil prices has prompted him to court the kingdom in hopes it will increase production.
- When news broke of a possible trip to Saudi Arabia, Biden said any visit would be related to trying to bring “greater stability and peace to the Middle East.”
- The tentative agenda for the visit to Saudi Arabia includes a summit with leaders from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Axios previously reported.
While in Israel, Biden is expected to meet with officials including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog.
- He is also expected to visit Bethlehem and meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
- Biden plans to travel to Saudi Arabia on July 15, according to Israeli officials.
What you say: A spokesman for the White House National Security Council confirmed that Biden is planning a trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia in July.
- “The trip comes in the context of an important agenda with Saudi Arabia, Israel and the rest of the Middle East. This agenda is focused on delivering results for the American people, ending wars and conducting through diplomacy to bring stability to the Middle East region,” the spokesman said.
- The Saudi embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.