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 overseas affairs, dismissed the notion.
“We cope with the president of the US as a buddy, whether or not he is Republican or Democrat,” Jubeir instructed CNN, in an interview launched over the weekend.
“President-elect Biden has been within the (US) Senate for 35 years, he has large expertise… I do not anticipate that there is going to be main change by way of America’s overseas coverage.”
The remark comes as Saudi Arabia hosts the G20 leaders’ summit this weekend, a primary for an Arab nation, whereas world campaigners search to attract consideration to the dominion’s human rights file.
Saudi Arabia has largely escaped US censure beneath 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 weak to renewed scrutiny from the dominion’s closest Western ally.
That would depart the crown prince remoted amid financial challenges that imperil his reform agenda, a grinding conflict 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, declaring that Trump additionally struck a hostile observe in his 2016 marketing campaign earlier than shortly warming as much as its rulers.
“We cope with the presidents as soon as they’re in workplace, and we now have enormous pursuits with the US,” Jubeir mentioned.
“We’re working collectively on world 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.”