Biden to meet with Saudi crown prince despite ‘pariah’ pledge

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By Jarrett Renshaw and Nandita Bose WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a trip to the Middle East in July, in a break with his campaign pledge of making the kingdom a “pariah” as he struggles to combat record high U.S. gasoline prices. Weeks after taking office, Biden shifted U.S. policy on Saudi Arabia, adopting a tougher stance over the kingdom’s human rights record and in particular the killing and dismembering of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018. U.S. intelligence implicated the prince in the mur…

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