Biden news today: Jamal Khashoggi’s American lawyer detained in UAE


Biden says US would use force as ‘last resort’ to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons

President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East came to an end with yet more controversy after it emerged that an American lawyer who previously represented Jamal Khashoggi had been detained in the UAE.

US citizen Asim Ghafoor was detained at Dubai airport on Thursday while travelling to Istanbul for a family wedding and is now being held in a detention facility on charges related to an in absentia conviction for money laundering. Mr Ghafoor had no prior knowledge of any conviction, a human rights group said.

On Saturday, Mr Biden met with UAE President Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and invited him to come to the US for a visit before the year is out.

The UAE president was one of multiple Middle Eastern leaders Mr Biden met in Saudi Arabia on Saturday before leaving aboard Air Force One.

New details also emerged about Friday’s controversial meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the man US intelligence found responsible for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

When Mr Biden confronted MBS about the killing – after a friendly fist-bump – he denied the accusation and fired back about the US’s own controversies.


US will invest $1bn in MENA food security

The US will invest $1bn in new near- to long-term food security assistance for the Middle East and North Africa region, President Joe Biden announced on Saturday at the GCC summit.

Mr Biden also announced that the GCC leaders were committing $3bn over the next two years in projects that align with the US Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) first announced at the G7 summit.

The White House said this aims to “help deliver quality, sustainable infrastructure that make a difference in people’s lives around the world, strengthens and diversifies our supply chains, and creates new opportunities for American workers and businesses, and advances our national security”.


Jamal Khashoggi’s widow thanks Biden for confronting MSB about his murder

The widow of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi thanked President Joe Biden for confronting MSB about ordering his death.

Hanan Elatr Khashoggi released a statement through Fahmy Hudome International in response to Friday’s meeting between Mr Biden and the Saudi crown prince.

“I would like to thank President Biden for raising my husband, Jamal Khashoggi’s murder with the Crown Prince. He raised it first and foremost and for that I am grateful,” she said.

“I also would like to thank President Biden for fulfilling Jamal’s true legacy, which is to highlight the issue of human rights and political prisoners. This meeting was the beginning of accountability for my husband’s murder.

“Through the American justice system, I along with my legal team intend to hold all parties accountable for the murder of my husband.”


Biden says leaders must accept criticism in thinly-veiled swipe at MBS

President Joe Biden made a thinly-veiled swipe at MBS on Saturday as he said that people should be able to “question and criticise their leaders without fear of reprisal”.

“I’ve gotten plenty of criticism over the years. It’s not fun. But the ability to speak openly and exchange ideas freely is what unlocks innovation,” he said in a speech at the summit of Middle East leaders in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

”Accountable institutions that are free from corruption and act transparently and respect the rule of law are the best way to deliver growth, respond to people’s needs, and I believe ensure justice.”

His comments came just hours after he met with the Saudi crown prince and confronted him about ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was highly critical about MBS and the wider Saudi government.

He was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.


Biden speaks about human rights

President Joe Biden gave a speech on human rights at the summit of Middle East leaders, hours after he had told MBS he believes he is responsible for ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

“No country gets it right all the time, even most of the time, including the United States,” he said on Saturday.

“But our people are our strength. Our countries with the confidence to learn from the mistakes grow stronger.”

The president stopped short of directly mentioning Khashoggi’s murder.


Biden poses for ‘family photo’ with Saudi Crown Prince MBS

President Joe Biden posed for a “family photo” with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, just hours after the pair exchanged harsh words over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The president stood shoulder to shoulder with the crown prince, known as MBS, along with other Middle East leaders on Saturday, before he boarded Air Force One and left the region.

In the photos, Mr Biden stood with his hands clasped in front of him with MBS to his right. At one point, the two leaders appeared to exchange words.

They were joined for the photo call by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa; Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi; Jordan’s King Abdullah II; Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani; Kuwait’s Crown Prince Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah; Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhemi; United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Asaad bin Tariq al-Said, a special representative for the Sultan of Oman.

The so-called “family photo” comes after Friday’s meeting between Mr Biden and MBS where the US president said he confronted the Saudi crown prince over his role in Khashoggi’s death.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:


MBS fires back at Biden with America’s own controveries

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fired back at Joe Biden with America’s own controversies when the US president confronted him over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it has been revealed.

A source familiar with Friday’s controversial meeting between the two leaders told CNN that the crown prince, known as MBS, responded by bringing up the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and incidents where US soldiers abused prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib detention centre.

The source said that MBS told Mr Biden that the two incidents reflected badly on the US.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has the full story:


Iran imposes sanctions on 61 Americans including Mike Pompeo

Iran has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on 61 Americans including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and ex-White House national security adviser John Bolton.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that it had imposed sanctions on the group of Americans who had voiced support for Iranian dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK).

The nation has introduced sanctions on more than 70 other Americans so far this year, as hopes of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal continue to stall.

President Joe Biden is seeking to reenter the nuclear deal which was reached under the Obama administration before being dismantled by the Trump administration.

The new raft of sanctions were handed down the same day that President Joe Biden spoke to a group of leaders in the Middle East, saying that Iran never get nuclear weapons.


Saudi crown prince unrealistic emission policies will lead to ‘unprecedented’ inflation

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that “unrealistic” emission policies will lead to “unprecedented” inflation, with more investment is needed in fossil fuel and clean energy technologies.

Speaking at the Gulf Cooperation Council on Saturday, MBS spoke about the global demand for oil as gas prices continue to soar.

“Adopting unrealistic policies to reduce emissions by excluding main sources of energy will lead in coming years to unprecedented inflation and an increase in energy prices, and rising unemployment and a worsening of serious social and security problems,” he said.

The “geopolitical situation” and the pandemic means that the transition to sustainable energy sources requires a “realistic and responsible” approach, he added.

His comments come after Mr Biden told reporters that MBS had agreed to bolster oil production in Saudi Arabia – a move that will ease gas prices for Americans – during their controversial meeting on Friday.


MBS says Saudi Arabia can’t produce much more oil

MBS has said that Saudi Arabia cannot increase its oil production significantly, after President Joe Biden met with the crown prince in efforts to tackle sky-high gas prices back in the US.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the Gulf Cooperation Council on Saturday that his oil-rich nation was almost at its limit of petroleum production and cannot produce more than 13 million barrels a day.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, Saudi Arabia is currently producing around 10.2 million barrels of crude oil a day.

His comments come after Mr Biden told reporters that MBS had agreed to bolster its oil production – a move that will ease gas prices for Americans – during their controversial meeting on Friday.


Biden discusses food security and energy supplies with Egyptian president

President Joe Biden discussed food security and energy supply disruptions with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as they met in person for the first time.

The two leaders met in Jeddah on Saturday where they spoke about climate change, reviving a Palestinian peace process and the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The GERD has been at the centre of an ongoing standoff between Egypt and Ethiopia for years.

Cairo has said that the construction of the huge dam on the River Nile could restrict water access to Egypt. Egyptian officials said Mr al-Sisi spoke about his desire for a legally binding agreement over the operation of the dam.

The White House said that Mr Biden also congratulated Mr al-Sisi for Egypt presiding over the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in Sharm El Sheikh this November and its role in tackling the climate crisis.

“Both leaders emphasized their countries’ support for the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) and the new GMP Energy Pathway, which Egypt has joined with respect to the oil and gas sector,” the statement read.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the U.S. and Egypt’s new partnership on Adaptation in Africa, which the US and Egypt will co-lead, focused on delivering concrete initiatives that will improve people’s lives and help build resilience to a changing climate. The leaders committed to convene the Joint US-Egypt Climate Working Group as soon as possible.”

The meeting marks a further thawing of relations between the two nations after the two leaders previously clashed over human rights issues.

Relations started to improve after Egypt made efforts to broker a ceasfire in Gaza in May 2021.


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