President Biden to Talk to Saudi King by Phone

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President Biden to Talk to Saudi King by Phone

According to Jen Psaki, the U.S. intelligence report on the death of Jamal Khashoggi will be made public

The White House said Wednesday that a phone conversation between President Joe Biden and Saudi King Salman al-Saud is likely to take place soon. Unlike Donald Trump, who during his presidency has maintained constant contact with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of 85-year-old Salman al-Saud, Joe Biden, now the White House head, has stressed that he intends to communicate directly exclusively with the reigning Saudi monarch.

Recall that not long ago, security officials close to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia were implicated in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

“We expect [the phone conversation between the two leaders] to happen soon,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a briefing Wednesday. She added that the U.S. intelligence report into Khashoggi’s death was recently declassified and will soon be made public.

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