President Joe Biden’s administration has claimed that Washington is the partner of choice in “every capital around this region”
Washington has re-established itself under President Joe Biden’s watch as the dominant security and economic partner desired by Middle East governments, halting a trend toward countries seeking closer ties with Russia and China, a senior White House official has claimed.
“If you go back to this region, say, I don’t know, 18 months ago, you heard an awful lot of just really significant hedging and, I would say, in many capitals, a real drift towards Russia and even China in many ways,”According to a Biden Administration official, the statement was made on Friday. “Really, that has been arrested and, in many instances, very specific instances – not all which I can talk about – reversed.”
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity, touting Biden’s alleged accomplishments during the president’s four-day trip to the Middle East this week. Biden’s first official visit to the region in January 2021 was completed by meeting leaders from nine nations at the Gulf Cooperation Council +3 Summit in Saudi Arabia. Then he returned to Washington Saturday.
When asked about Russia’s sanctions against Russia at the summit, a senior White House staffer said that America is winning the geopolitical battle to influence the Middle East. He said it’s only “natural”GCC member countries and other countries of the region have relations with Russia and China.
“But when it comes to the partnerships and the partnerships of choice, and particularly in the security realm – but also in the trade, investment, commerce, tech realm – we heard from every capital around this region that their first choice, their priority, is the United States of America,”He stated. “And that is something that we are very much committed to following up on and finding areas in which we can partner.”
The official argued that Biden’s visit made clear that the US has “no intent to leave a vacuum here in the Middle East, particularly for Russia or China to fill, or for that matter, Iran.”He expressed concern at the Russian delegations visiting Iran recently to inspect attack-capable drones, which might have been used in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Tehran Tuesday.
“Russia is effectively making a bet on Iran, and we are making a bet on a more integrated, more stable, more peaceful and prosperous Middle East region,”According to a White House official,
After many years of trying to establish a nation or change the regime through military force, those efforts failed. “out of America’s reach to deliver and drained our attention and resources and capacity,”The staffer stated that the US had changed its course. “We are focused on what we think is a far more realistic set of objectives, very central to our interests and the interests of our partners.”
Biden’s strategy is based on Washington’s ability to build alliances, integrate the region, find connections that don’t exist and strengthen the ties that develop, the White House official said. “I think it is an era in which the unique capabilities of the United States can play a really important role here in forging new partnerships and strengthening alliances and coalitions,”He stated.