During his diplomatic meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince this week, Joe Biden opted for a “fist” instead of a handshake, citing the context of COVID-19. His gesture certainly caused a stir.
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“Biden’s image is worse. Between respect for human rights and strategic interests it highlights, alas, human rights come second. Biden said he spoke with Mohammed bin Salman about human rights. What did they say to each other? Some things emerged from their meeting” According to Luc Laliberte, an expert in American politics.
Recall that the American intelligence services identified Mohammed bin Salman as the person responsible for the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an American citizen.
It is for this reason that, during the election campaign, the US president said he would make Saudi Arabia and the crown prince a legacy on the international stage. But “this is where Biden needs to change his speech and attitude,” Mr. Laliberte said.
“There are a lot of Democratic elected officials and voters who want another candidate in 2024. Biden usually does the best in foreign policy. Diplomacy is always difficult. Sometimes you have to put aside your values and ideals. But, at home, in the United States, it didn’t go well,” Mr. Laliberte believes. .