Israel and Saudi Arabia are a long way from a normalization agreement: Biden

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Jul 2023

US President Joe Biden believes Israel and Saudi Arabia are a long way from a normalization agreement similar to what has been accomplished with other Gulf countries.

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President Joe Biden waves to members of the media as he walks to board Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Sunday, July 9, 2023. AP

 

"We're a long way from there. We got a lot to talk about," Biden said in a CNN interview broadcasted on Sunday.

"Quite frankly, I don't think they have much of a problem with Israel. And whether or not we would provide a means by which they could have civilian nuclear power and/or be a guarantor of their security, that's - I think that's a little way off,” he added.

Last month, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that normalization with Israel is in the interest of the region, but the Palestinian issue must be addressed first.

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