President Biden will visit Saudi Arabia next month, the White House confirmed Tuesday, contrary to its election promise to Riyadh over its alleged role in the 2018 assassination of journalist Jamal Khashkji.
The Saudi visit will be the last leg of the tour, which will also take the president to Israel and the West Bank on July 13-16.
The White House said in a statement that Biden would visit the kingdom at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, but did not say whether he would meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is believed that Khashoggi was ordered to be killed.
White House Press Secretary Crane Jane Pierre said in a statement that she appreciates President Salman’s leadership and his invitation. “They are looking forward to this important visit to Saudi Arabia, which has been a strategic partner of the United States for almost eight decades.”