While many countries are excited by Joe Biden’s victory in the US primary election, some countries have also become uncomfortable. Saudi Arabia took more than 24 hours to send a congratulatory message to Joe Biden. There is also a reason for this hesitation. It is being said that hardly any country is more likely to be harmed by Biden’s victory than Saudi.
The Crown Prince of Saudi was very close to the trump. The first foreign tour any US president took after taking the oath was Canada or Mexico, but Trump chose Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip. Trump was like a security wall for the Saudis. Whether it was a human rights violation issue or his role in the Yemen war, the Trump administration always supported Saudi.
At the same time, former US Vice President Biden has pledged in the election campaign that he will review relations with Saudi. In addition, Biden has also talked about stopping American aid in the Yemen war. A Saudi Twitter user wrote, “If there is anything worse than Covid-19 for Saudi, they will be Biden-20.” Okaz, the leading newspaper of Saudi Arabia, has also expressed uncertainty about Saudi’s future after Biden’s victory in his front-page article.
For Trump, diplomacy, human rights, democracy, women’s rights had more important economic interests than modern values in international politics. Saudi Arabia was criticized throughout the world for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post at the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, but Trump continued to sell weapons to Saudi despite opposition from Congress. Unlike Trump, Biden is aggressive about human rights issues. Biden has clearly stated during the election campaign that Saudi will have to pay the price of killing Jamal Khashoggi. Biden has also promised to stop selling arms to Saudi as soon as they come to power.
Biden had also made sharp remarks about Saudi’s war in Yemen and said that social values have remained under the current leadership of Saudi. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has tried every tactic to suppress dissent against him even in domestic politics. The Crown Prince has sent many relatives who are becoming a threat to his throne to jail. Even many activists who raised their voices against the Kingdom were sentenced to death. A spokesman for Biden’s campaign told the news agency Reuters, Like Trump, Biden will deal with friends and enemies over human rights and democratic values, instead of giving blank checks to dictators and leaders who misuse power around the world.