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In an opinion piece, Biden defends his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia

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Biden defended his decision to make a trip to Saudi Arabia amid criticism of its poor human rights record, arguing that he had long supported reforms and wanted to "reorient, not rupture" relations with his longtime strategic partner.

In the article posted online Saturday night by The Washington Post, Biden pointed to developments in the Middle East that he contended had made the region more stable and secure than when the Trump administration ended, among them intense diplomacy as well as military action against state-sponsored attacks.

But his framing of the Saudi relationship in particular appeared defensive, especially with some in the U.S. demanding that he not lend legitimacy to the government with a visit.

“I know that there are many who disagree with my decision to travel to Saudi Arabia,” Biden wrote. “My views on human rights are clear and long-standing, and fundamental freedoms are always on the agenda when I travel abroad, as they will be during this trip, just as they will be in Israel and the West Bank.”

11 July 2022


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