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Saudi Arabia says to boost relations with both US, China

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A picture of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bumping fists with US President Joe Biden at Al-Salam Palace in the Red Sea port of Jeddah became the defining image of the president's regional tour./AFP
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Jul 18, 2022 - 12:30 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AA) – Saudi Arabia said it will continue to bolster its partnerships with both the United States and China as US President visited the kingdom for his first visit since he became president.

“We build bridges with people; we don’t see one as exclusive of the other,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said in an interview with CNBC network on Saturday.

“China is our largest trading partner. It’s a huge market for energy and a huge market in the future. And China is a big investor in Saudi Arabia,” he added.

“The United States is of course our number one partner when it comes to security and political coordination, as well as investments and trade between the two countries,” al-Jubeir said.

Biden arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday on the last stop of a regional tour that included Israel and the West Bank. His tour is seen as an attempt to assert the US leadership in the Middle East region against Russia and China.

Tensions marred US-Saudi relations since Biden came to office last year, but in recent months, the US president sought to enhance his country’s ties with Saudi Arabia amid the Russian war in Ukraine.

 

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

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