Arabia and Emirates fear Joe Biden

A victory for the Democratic candidate could have consequences on the Saudi political scene.

On the left US President Donald Trump, on the right Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
On the left US President Donald Trump, on the right Democratic candidate Joe Biden. SAUL LOEBJIM WATSON/AFP

The main Arab ally of the United States in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, led in fact by its young crown prince, Mohammed Ben Salman (MBS), is worried about a victory for Joe Biden.

“MBS is probably spending sleepless nights at the idea of ​​losing a very good partner (Donald Trump), the one who saved him after the assassination ”, dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018, writes researcher and opponent Madawi al-Rashid on the MiddleEasteye website. A president who, in the eyes of the Saudi leaders, does not let down his allies in the Middle East, unlike his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, who sacrificed the Egyptian ex-raïs Hosni Mubarak on the altar of the Arab revolts in 2011.

Beyond the Khashoggi case, “The Saudis have found in Trump an ideal president, ready to confront Iran and its ally Hezbollah, a president authorizing the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, analysis Marc Martinez, independent researcher, long based

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