Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, is meeting with top Biden administration officials including national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanSullivan raised normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi crown prince: report Biden struggles to rein in Saudi Arabia amid human rights concerns Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — World leaders call for enhanced cooperation to fight wave of ransomware attacks MORE on Tuesday.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden injects new momentum into filibuster fight White House: Biden drove by border on 2008 campaign trip Red Cross says Afghan humanitarian crisis too big for aid groups to handle alone MORE confirmed plans for the meeting, which will also include State Department and Pentagon officials. Prince Khalid is not expected to meet with President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE.
“During the meeting, they’ll discuss the longstanding partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia, regional security and the U.S. commitment to help Saudi Arabia defend its territory as it faces attacks from Iranian-aligned groups,” Psaki told reporters at an afternoon press briefing.
Psaki added that the report on the killing of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi could be a topic at the meeting but declined to discuss further details.
The U.S. intelligence community released the report in February, publicly accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of approving a 2018 operation to “capture or kill” Khashoggi. Prince Khalid is the crown prince's younger brother.
The Wall Street Journal first reported plans for the meeting between Prince Khalid and Biden administration officials this week in Washington.
The White House has diverged from the friendly relationship that former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE cultivated with Saudi Arabia. Biden has raised concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses, including by releasing the report in February and imposing sanctions on a former Saudi official and Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force.
The Biden administration did not target Prince Mohammed directly with sanctions, which prompted some criticism. Still, the report has complicated the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Nearly 200 Americans want to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells Congress Syria's challenge to Tony Blinken's conscience MORE recently met with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Italy.