OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia, an in depth ally of President Donald Trump, has appeared cautious of Biden after he promised a stern stance towards the dominion for its human rights failings.
However Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for international affairs, dismissed the notion.
“We take care of the president of the US as a pal, whether or not he is Republican or Democrat,” Jubeir advised CNN, in an interview launched over the weekend.
“President-elect Biden has been within the (US) Senate for 35 years, he has super expertise… I do not anticipate that there is going to be main change by way of America’s international coverage.”
The remark comes as Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 leaders’ summit this weekend, a primary for an Arab nation, whereas international campaigners search to attract consideration to the dominion’s human rights file.
Saudi Arabia has largely escaped US censure underneath Trump, who alongside together with his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has loved a private rapport with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the dominion’s de facto ruler.
Trump’s defeat leaves Prince Mohammed susceptible to renewed scrutiny from the dominion’s closest Western ally.
That would go away the crown prince remoted amid financial challenges that imperil his reform agenda, a grinding struggle in neighbouring Yemen and pockets of home opposition to his rule.
Throughout his election marketing campaign, Biden threatened to make Saudi Arabia “the pariah that they’re”.
Saudi observers dismiss the Democrat chief’s marketing campaign speeches in regards to the kingdom as bluster, stating that Trump additionally struck a hostile be aware in his 2016 marketing campaign earlier than rapidly warming as much as its rulers.
“We take care of the presidents as soon as they’re in workplace, and now we have enormous pursuits with the US,” Jubeir mentioned.
“We’re working collectively on international financial safety, on vitality safety, on monetary points, and we’re key by way of the Muslim world. These pursuits are enormous for us and for the US.”