Saudis and Emiratis Declined Calls With Biden on Ramping Up Oil Against Russia

They want the Empire to ramp up support for the joint Saudi-DC genocide in Yemen

The White House unsuccessfully tried to arrange calls between President Biden and the de facto leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as the U.S. was working to build international support for Ukraine and contain a surge in oil prices, said Middle East and U.S. officials.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan both declined U.S. requests to speak to Mr. Biden in recent weeks, the officials said, as Saudi and Emirati officials have become more vocal in recent weeks in their criticism of American policy in the Gulf.

“There was some expectation of a phone call, but it didn’t happen,” said a U.S. official of the planned discussion between the Saudi Prince Mohammed and Mr. Biden. “It was part of turning on the spigot [of Saudi oil].”

Mr. Biden did speak with Prince Mohammed’s 86-year-old father, King Salman, on Feb. 9, when the two men reiterated their countries’ longstanding partnership. The U.A.E.’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the call between Mr. Biden and Sheikh Mohammed would be rescheduled.

The Saudis have signaled that their relationship with Washington has deteriorated under the Biden administration, and they want more support for their intervention in Yemen’s civil war, help with their own civilian nuclear program as Iran’s moves ahead, and legal immunity for Prince Mohammed in the U.S., Saudi officials said. The crown prince faces multiple lawsuits in the U.S., including over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

The Emiratis share Saudi concerns about the restrained U.S. response to recent missile strikes by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen against the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, officials said. Both governments are also concerned about the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, which doesn’t address other security concerns of theirs and has entered the final stages of negotiations in recent weeks.

The White House has worked to repair relations with two key Middle Eastern countries it needs on its side as oil prices push over $130 a barrel for the first time in almost 14 years. Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. are the only two major oil producers that can pump millions of more barrels of more oil—a capacity that, if used, could help calm the crude market at a time when American gasoline prices are at high levels.

Brett McGurk, the National Security Council’s Middle East coordinator, and Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s energy envoy, both traveled to Riyadh late last month to try to mend fences with Saudi officials. Mr. McGurk also met with Sheikh Mohammed in Abu Dhabi in a bid to address Emirati frustrations over the U.S. response to the Houthi attacks.

The call with Sheikh Mohammed in early February was expected to focus on ways the two countries could counter Houthi attacks from Yemen.

One U.S. official said the Biden administration has worked diligently to strengthen Saudi and Emirati missile defenses, and that America would be doing more in the coming months to help the two Gulf nations protect themselves. It may not be all the two countries want, the official said, but the U.S. is trying to address their security concerns.

But the Saudis and Emiratis have declined to pump more oil, saying they are sticking to a production plan approved between their group, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and a group of other producers led by Russia. The energy alliance with Russia, one of the world’s top oil producers, has enhanced OPEC’s power while also bringing the Saudis and Emiratis closer to Moscow.

Both Prince Mohammed and Sheikh Mohammed took phone calls from Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, after declining to speak with Mr. Biden. They both later spoke with Ukraine’s president, and a Saudi official said the U.S. had requested that Prince Mohammed mediate in the conflict, which he said the kingdom is embarking on.

Along with Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. has urged the U.S. to put the Houthis on its list of terrorist groups and to send more military aid to help defend the country from more attacks. But the U.S. hasn’t moved to address those Emirati concerns, according to Gulf officials.

Last month, Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, flew to Abu Dhabi for a series of meetings with Emirati leaders to discuss ways to beef up security in the wake of the Houthi missile strikes. Gen. McKenzie wanted to meet with Sheikh Mohammed, but was unable to get time with the Emirati leader, according to a Middle East official.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

  1. George W Obama says

    The Saudis and Emiratis have Biden’s number on call block as a nuisance call.

    1. guest says

      Asia is not interested

      Russia is India’s best friend, and India Russia’s

  2. ken says

    The Western governments are destroying their economies. This is on purpose. $5-10 dollar a gallon gas will go far in that endeavor.

    In less than 48 hours I watched the narrative switch from covaids to WAR! The war is being used as and excuse for all that ails Western economies and it’s all Russia’s fault.

    The US and NATO building bases and missile launching sites on Russia’s borders is, of course, defensive has nothing to do with it.
    The US and NATO lying they would not go further east after the reunification of Germany has nothing to do with it.
    Ukraine constantly bombarding two mostly Russian enclaves killing thousands over seven years has nothing to do with it.
    Building 11-13 bio-weapons labs have nothing to do with it.
    Working on and publicly stating the desire to build nukes have nothing to do with it.
    Building up forces to over 150,000 for an obvious invasion of the two small enclaves that wanted nothing to do with the US puppet fascist government in Kiev has nothing to do with it.
    Yep,,, none of the above has anything to do with Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.

    It’s all Russia,,, RUSsia,,, RUSSIA,,, Putin,,, PUtin,,, PUTIN!

    In the US and West people are being fired from jobs if they are Russian.
    Russian businesses are being shuttered.
    Russian flags are burned.
    Russian property and money is being confiscated.
    Buildings painted Blue and Yellow, like those yellow ribbons…
    Russia cut off from the world causing economic havoc.
    Putin called Hitler and Russia Nazi Germany.
    They’re even dumping good Russian Vodka down the drain which is sinful!

    Fake articles now on every news platform.
    A woman with head wounds,,, actually from a previous conflict.
    Pictures of Russia bombing cities,,, actually the US bombing Bagdad.
    Destroyed cities,,, actually pictures from Libya and Fallujah Iraq.
    and many more. It’s despicable.

    The US and NATO bombed the shit out of…
    for absolutely no justifiable reason and the world yawns.

    Russia goes into Ukraine to stop the killing of Russians, eliminate the nazis (which supposedly the world hates), stop the nukes and its OMG, it’s WWIII.

    All the while work is ongoing by the UN-WHO on Covaids passports and more injections when the next supposed variants appear and by the WEF on more tyranny,,, the global warming bs and the elimination of private crypto and central bank digital currency which if successful will eliminate all pretense of privacy and freedom.

    So keep being a government bobble head and watch the slow painful destruction of your world and the implementation of a tyranny that would make past tyrants blush with envy.

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