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Oil vs human rights: Biden’s controversial mission to Saudi Arabia

By Felicia Schwartz, Andrew England, Samer Al-Atrush, Simeon Kerr

15 Jun 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

This Financial Times long read analyses the multiple political landmines US President Joe Biden will have to walk on in his upcoming trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In the first few months of the year, as Iranian-backed militants launched a wave of missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, frustration towards the US was simmering inside the Gulf states’ royal courts.

The monarchies have long looked to Washington as their traditional security partner. But in their eyes, the US was displaying scant regard to the threat their nations faced as increasingly sophisticated weapons targeted cities, airports and oil infrastructure.

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