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The US president, Joe Biden, considered this Sunday that his controversial greeting with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salmán, whom the United States accuses of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is not an important issue.
This is how he expressed himself upon arrival at the White House after his tour of the Middle East, when the press asked him if he regretted having bumped his fist with bin Salmán at the beginning of a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“Why don’t you ask me something that matters? I will answer questions that matter,” said the Democratic leader.
The image of the trip was the fist bump between Biden and Bin Salmán after, during the campaign for the 2020 elections, the Democrat promised that he would treat Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” on the international scene and make its leaders pay for Khashoggi’s death.
Despite the need to repair relations, especially over oil, Biden mentioned Khashoggi’s murder during his face-to-face meeting with Bin Salmán and tried to make it clear that the United States will always advocate for human rights, even if sometimes it has to defend other rights as well. of your interests.
“To be silent on human rights for an American president is something that is inconsistent with who we are and who I am. I always defend our values ”, Biden shielded himself from criticism after meeting with Bin Salmán.