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A breath from BRICS, S.Arabia: Tremendous failure of Joe Biden, shook everything in the air – Clash with Bin Salman “on all issues”
Riyadh’s “poison” response to Iraq, Abu Ghraib, human rights
By Vassilis Kapoulas
Saudi Arabia is now a breath away from the BRICS after the resounding failure of Joe Biden’s visit to Riyadh. The US president has achieved the impossible. Not only did he fail to achieve a single goal, but in the end insults followed with the Saudis “retaliating” to the Americans
The real significance of the Summit of July 15, 2022 in the global confrontation between the West and the rest of the world has not yet been perceived by the world, but it is already clear that the most important decisions were taken precisely on this date. Saudi Arabia is now very close to China, Russia and BRICS.
The bad course of the Synod was evident from the beginning. T.Biden was welcomed at the airport by the mayor of Mecca and not some high-ranking delegation like N.Trump. Then there was a handshake with a fist. In contrast on his first trip to Saudi Arabia, Trump received (and participated in) a ceremonial sword dance. Not a word about the meetings with B. Putin. The videos are enlightening.
Let’s first see what T.Biden did not achieve in Saudi Arabia:
- Oil production did not increase
- Saudi Arabia did not distance itself from Russia and China. Reliable information states that the mood became particularly heavy when it was confirmed that Saudi Arabia had doubled its purchases of Russian fuel oil for power plants.
- The Saudis opposed the creation of an “Arab NATO” and here there is a serious problem for Israel.
- Agreements were reached to normalize Saudi Arabia-Israel relations, but no final peace agreement was reached.
- The “icing” was the statements of the Saudis in which they welcome the improvement of relations with Iran and ask Biden to respect the values of their country!
Rarely does a president travel this far and fail in all 5 of his goals!
The deal with the Saudis was critical for the United States, as they are now forced to help Europe replace Russian oil by only exporting their oil from their strategic reserves! LNG is not enough…
3 Hour Oil Negotiation – “Unrealistic Energy Policies”
According to reports, negotiations to increase oil production lasted for three hours and no agreement was reached. Biden has been told that Saudi Arabia will abide by the OPEC+ deal.
Later, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said more investment in fossil fuel and clean energy technologies was needed to meet global demand and that unrealistic energy policies would lead to unprecedented levels of inflation.
“Adopting unrealistic policies to reduce emissions by blocking major energy sources will lead in the coming years to unprecedented inflation, rising energy prices, rising unemployment and worsening serious social and security problems, ” Prince Mohammed said. .
The prince said that Saudi Arabia had announced that it would increase its production capacity to 13 million barrels per day by 2027 from 12 million now and “after that the Kingdom will have no other possibility to increase production”.
“Your agencies said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction – What happened at Abu Ghraib?”
Biden had said he would make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” on the world stage over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents.
This statement will come back to haunt both the United States and Biden himself. In the Middle East this is not forgiven.
Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, hit back at Joe Biden.
At the meeting, Bin Salman, also known as MBS, denied responsibility for Khashoggi’s assassination at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. Biden said US intelligence agencies refuted the prince’s claims.
MBS counterattacked and spoke about the sexual and physical abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison by US military personnel and the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank, incidents he said were not broadcast in the US.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan later spoke about this conversation at a press conference.
“The crown prince responded to President Biden’s remarks about Khashoggi by making it clear that this crime, while very unfortunate and heinous, is something the kingdom took very seriously (and) acted as a responsible country, ” Bin Farhan said. .
“These are issues, mistakes that happen in any country, including the US. The crown prince pointed out that the US has made its own mistakes and has taken the necessary steps to hold those responsible accountable and deal with those mistakes just like the kingdom.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reiterated in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:
“We have investigated, punished and ensured that this does not happen again ,” Jubeir said when asked about the Khashoggi murder. “This is what countries do. This is what the US did when the mistake of Abu Ghraib was committed.”
In addition, he emphasized that ” American intelligence also reported that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction” let’s not forget that.
Abu Ghraib prison was a US military detention center for Iraqi prisoners from the start of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 until the prison was closed in 2006. In 2004, information was leaked depicting the torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by military US personnel. Eleven US soldiers were convicted of crimes related to the scandal.
“We have different values – You can’t impose yours”
Jubeir, speaking to Reuters, said MbS had argued that trying to impose values on other countries by force could backfire.
“It didn’t work when the US tried to impose values in Afghanistan and Iraq. In fact, it failed ,” Bin Salman said according to Jubeir.
“Countries have different values and these values must be respected!”
There was also a broader discussion about values, bin Farhan said for his part.
“The Crown Prince pointed out to President Biden that respect for human rights is a core value for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia based on our Islamic beliefs and Arab heritage. And that it is absolutely important that values are spread through dialogue,” he said.
“Trying to impose your values on others is not effective. It will cause a negative reaction… The right way to try to promote your values is to show the world that you hold those values first, that you respect your own values.”
“At the end of the day you can’t impose your values by force… The successor was clear with President Biden, and we have our own values and they’re not going to align 100% with the values of the US, because we’re very, very proud for our own traditions, our own values, our own faith,” added Bin Farhan.
Saudi Arabia: Which Arab NATO? We do not participate
American media emphasize that Biden failed to secure major security and oil commitments at the Arab summit
The summit’s communiqué was vague, however, and Saudi Arabia, Washington’s most important ally in the Middle East, dashed U.S. hopes that the summit could help lay the groundwork for a regional security alliance with Israel to combat Iranian threats.
A plan to link air defense systems could be difficult for Arab states that have no ties to Israel and are reluctant to be part of an alliance against Iran, which has a strong regional network of forces in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, said he was not aware of any discussions about a Gulf-Israel defense alliance and that the kingdom was not involved in such talks.
In addition, he told reporters after the US-Saudi summit that Riyadh’s decision to open its airspace to all air carriers had nothing to do with establishing diplomatic ties with Israel and was not a precursor to further steps.
At the same time, the top Saudi diplomat clarified that no plan for military or technological cooperation with Israel was put forward at the Summit and there is no plan called “Arab NATO”.
Referring to the latest round of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Farhan said the talks with Iran have been “positive” but have not yet achieved their desired goals.
Saudi Arabia is willing to restore normal relations with Iran, he said, stating that his country’s hands remain extended to Iran.
Diplomatic solutions are the only solution for interacting with Iran, so Saudi Arabia believes in multilateral measures and supports the settlement of disputes through international organizations.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said: “Negotiations with Iran are progressing positively, but they have not yet reached their goal, we hope to see progress on this issue in the future.”
Israeli TV Channel 12 military analyst Ehud Yaari admitted that “What is worrying is the rapid improvement of Arab countries’ relations with Iran. The UAE says it plans to return its ambassador to Tehran, Egypt is negotiating with Iran and Jordan says we have no problem with Iran