King Salman, Biden discuss ways to strengthen Saudi-US relations
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met US President Joe Biden at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah this evening, in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
During the meeting, they reviewed the historical relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States, as well as ways to strengthen them to serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples in various fields, according to the official news agency (SPA).
Biden arrived in Jeddah this evening for a two-day official visit. He will attend the Gulf Cooperation Council summit tomorrow, along with Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq.
The US presidential plane arrived at Jeddah airport after a two-hour flight from Israel, according to official Saudi media.
Biden stepped off the plane and onto a purple carpet while sporting sunglasses. He was greeted by Makkah Governor Khalid Al-Faisal and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Princess Rima bint Bandar.
Prince Mohammed led President Biden’s reception at the Peace Palace before entering the grand reception hall inside the palace, where he was greeted by King Salman.
Official media broadcast video footage of Prince Mohammed greeting Biden at one of the royal palace’s entrances, before each knocked his fists with the other’s.
The handshake between Biden and the Crown prince put an end to speculation about the meeting’s format, details, and even what pictures and footage would be released.