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National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas and the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
The White House readout of the meeting stated, “The crown prince and Sullivan discussed a number of bilateral and regional matters, including ongoing efforts to create new conditions for an enduring and sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians. They also discussed the humanitarian response in Gaza, including efforts to increase the flow of critical aid.” Additionally, the talks covered prospects for deepening US-Saudi cooperation in areas like “security, commerce, space exploration, and advanced technologies, including open radio access (O-Ran) networks.”
This meeting follows a previous discussion between President Biden and Crown Prince Mohammed about the Israel-Hamas war. In their conversation, Biden and the Crown Prince agreed to “pursue diplomatic efforts to prevent the war from expanding” and to “stay in close coordination as the situation unfolds.”
Biden’s interactions with the Crown Prince have been scrutinized, especially considering his earlier characterization of Saudi Arabia as a “pariah” in response to the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and his varied greetings with the Crown Prince, ranging from a fist bump to a handshake at international meetings.