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The Takeaway: Biden visit launches new chapter in US-Saudi ties 

Egypt braces for Nile Dam filling; Can Israel help Morocco with Western Sahara?; Palestinians blocked at airport; Erdogan cancels student loan interest; Islamic State menaces Iraq-Syria border. 
Bidan Salman

Our take: Biden’s Saudi reset means relationship about more than Khashoggi killing 

Fist bump signals turnaround. In a dramatic policy reversal, President Joe Biden on July 15 traded in his campaign “pariah” pledge for a televised fist bump and hours of dialogue with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a wide range of issues facing the Middle East.

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