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Biden confirms 'possibility' of Saudi Arabia trip

US media have said that Joe Biden could meet Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is accused by US intelligence of ordering the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi
— Washington (AFP)

US President Joe Biden confirmed Friday he was considering a trip to Saudi Arabia, which would be a stark reversal after he called for the kingdom to be made a pariah state.

The New York Times and other US media, quoting anonymous sources, have reported that Biden would go ahead with the long-rumored Saudi stop during an upcoming overseas tour.

The reported decision came shortly after Saudi Arabia addressed two of Biden's priorities by agreeing to a production hike in oil -- which could help tame rocketing US inflation -- and helping extend a truce in war-battered Yemen.

"I'm not sure whether I'm going," Biden said when asked about reports of an imminent visit. "There is a possibility that I would be going to meet with both the Israelis and some Arab countries at the time."

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