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Saudi Arabian Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman is set to arrive in Washington on Monday for high-level discussions with Biden administration officials. This comes amid intensifying tensions as Israel initiates the second phase of its operation against Hamas in Gaza.
During his visit, Prince Khalid is slated to hold meetings with key figures such as White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Additionally, several senators are also on the agenda for talks.
The recent developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict have been a focal point in discussions between President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. In a recent phone call, they deliberated on measures to prevent escalating the ongoing conflict.
Saudi Arabia has voiced its concerns, denouncing the targeting of civilians and citing “flagrant violations of international law” amid the Israeli operations in Gaza. Furthermore, Biden pointed out that Hamas’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7 seemed to be an attempt to hinder potential diplomatic ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.