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Statement by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on President Biden’s trip to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia

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JUNE 14, 2022

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to the Middle East region July 13-16 to reinforce the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity and to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq and Jordan (known as GCC+3). He will also meet with counterparts from across the region to advance US security, economic and diplomatic interests.

The President will begin his trip to Israel, where he will meet with Israeli leaders to discuss security, prosperity and Israel’s growing integration into the greater region. The President will also travel to the West Bank to consult with the Palestinian Authority and reiterate his strong support for a two-state solution, with equal measures of security, freedom and opportunity for the Palestinian people.

The president will then travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which is the current chairman of the GCC and the venue for this gathering of nine leaders from across the region, at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The President appreciates King Salman’s leadership and his invitation. He looks forward to this important visit to Saudi Arabia, which has been a strategic partner of the United States for nearly eight decades.

While in Saudi Arabia, the President will discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. These include support for the UN-brokered truce in Yemen, which has led to the most peaceful period since the war began seven years ago. He will also discuss ways to expand regional economic and security cooperation, including promising new infrastructure and climate initiatives, as well as deterring threats from Iran, advancing human rights and ensuring global energy and food security. The President looks forward to presenting his positive view of US engagement in the region in the months and years to come.

This visit to the Middle East region culminates months of diplomacy and follows the President’s meeting with ASEAN leaders at the White House, his trip to the Republic of Korea and Japan, the Quad Summit, his welcoming of the Summit of the Americas last week in Los Angeles, and his visit next week to Europe for the G7 and NATO summits.