Saudi Arabia, Biden, Biden Administration discussed on Marketplace


A major stumbling block. Ask your smart speaker to play NPR or your local station by name to hear that story on tomorrow's Morning edition, and you're listening to all things considered. Now look at the changing relationship between the U. S and Saudi Arabia. Former President Trump stood by the kingdom despite the killing of journalists, Jamal Kashiwagi and the disastrous war in Yemen. Resident, Biden promised to get tougher. NPR's Jackie Northam reports on what lies ahead. There's been a lot of bad press for Saudi Arabia since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began consolidating power several years ago. Human rights abuses, regional bowling and a devastating Saudi led air campaign in Yemen. It's killed thousands of civilians. For the most part, the Trump Administration turned a blind eye. Not so for the Biden administration. They think it's going to be putting the Saudis feet to the fire for the next six months, Elina Delozier with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says Now President Biden wants to review the U. S relationship with Saudi Arabia and his Crown prince. The Biden administration has been very clear that they're going to reset and Biden has used pretty tough language specifically against Mohammed bin Salman. Calling him a pariah and this is really tough language that we're not used to the Luger says. Already, Biden administration officials have voiced serious concerns about actions by the Crown prince silencing royal rivals. The widespread arrest of clerics and activists, including Lou Jane, L. Has Lule. Who led the charge for women to drive in Saudi Arabia. There are also concerns about targeted killing, says the closure, I would say the really big one is Jamal Kashiwagi and the death of Jamal Kashiwagi, which a lot of people in Congress and the folks that surround Biden thought. The Trump administration didn't deal adequately with the administration has already said it will declassify a report by U. S intelligence agencies into the death of Jamal Cash O G. Trump refused to make it public. He viewed the U. S Saudi relationship is transactional giving the crown prince of pass because the kingdom buys billions of dollars in U. S made weapons. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy told NPR. He's looking for a tougher stand on future U. S weapons sales. They're being used in active conflict zones in ways that often violates U S law. International law. It's not in our interest, Tonto. Continue to sell them. Weapons fuel. An arms race in the region to State Department already froze the sale of billions of dollars in munitions to Saudi Arabia while it reviews the deal signed in the final days of the Trump administration. But some warn the U. S needs. Saudi Arabia is help for its agenda for Rasmus, Odd with George Washington University's Elliott School for International Affairs, says the Biden administration hopes to re engage with Iran over the nuclear deal. That will need regional support and looks odd says freezing weapons sales since the wrong signal to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies, and I feel like the messaging and the optics of the decision taken. Is all wrong. A Zafar As our Gulf allies are concerned, we need to be a reassuring our allies as we engage the Iranians and making sure to work through and with our allies. Rather than despite them and trying to achieve a better version of the nuclear deal. Look sad, says the Saudis are trying to improve relations with Biden. They've ended a feud with Qatar, where the U. S has a large military base. And they might soon release the female activist. Al Has Lule looks odd, says the Saudis hope that will make it easier for Biden to maintain the longtime alliance. Jackie Northam. NPR news and you are listening to all things considered from NPR news. Donna is rapidly increasing production of covert 19 vaccine for the U. S. And Visor is lagging behind NPR looks that the production trends to see what it means for vaccination drives. That's one of the stories coming up in the next hour of all things considered right now, though, we're going to check on the roadways. Julie de Fish is bringing us once again to the South Bay and look after the stall in San Jose. It's something Guadalupe Park Ways South bound after Alma Avenue, stuck there in the Middle Lane.

Coming up next