Crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi refuse to work with Biden to bring down oil prices
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have declined to arrange calls with US president Joe Biden in recent weeks as the US and its allies have sought to contain a surge in energy prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Joe Biden has in the past few weeks tried to speak to Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan. Both crown princes turned down the overtures from the White House, amid their simmering anger at the Biden administration.
Reportedly, the Gulf leaders are unhappy with the White House’s seeming failure to back them in their proxy war with Iran in Yemen and concerned about the new nuclear deal. The Gulf leaders have become more vocal in recent weeks in their criticism of the American policy in the Gulf. They are said to not help ease surging oil prices unless Washington supports them in Yemen.
The White House unsuccessfully tried to arrange calls between President Biden and the de facto leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE as the US was working to build international support for Ukraine and contain a surge in oil prices, said the Middle East and US officials.
As per reports, Washington plans to ask Riyadh to increase oil production, for this, US President Joe Biden may visit Saudi Arabia later.
Biden on Tuesday morning banned Russian oil imports and said gasoline prices would increase even more after hitting an all-time high of $4.17 per gallon on average.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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