Saudi Arabia Optimistic About Relations With US Under Biden’s Presidency

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

22nd Jan, 2021. 07:36 pm
Saudi Arabia Optimistic About Relations With US Under Biden's Presidency

Saudi Arabia is optimistic about bilateral relations with the United States under the new administration led by President Joe Biden.

This was stated by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in an exclusive interview with International News Channel Al Arabiya on Thursday.

He said the appointments made by President Joe Biden so far reflect his understanding of collective issues.

Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, has vowed to work with US allies around the world to restore US diplomacy.

Biden said any future talks on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, ballistic missile program and subversive activities in the region would involve the Gulf allies and Israel.

In an interview, Prince Faisal called on the Iranian regime to change its mindset and focus on the welfare of its citizens.

Note that, the newly elected President of the United States (US) has signed an executive order ending the Muslims Travel Ban that was imposed by the Trump Administration.

Biden, on his first day at the office; reversed multiple immigration policies that formed the cornerstone of his predecessor’s time in the White House.

Biden signed an executive order ending the travel ban on citizens from more than a dozen countries, including Eritrea, Yemen, Nigeria and Sudan.

The Muslims Travel Ban was imposed by former President Donald Trump when he first entered office.

The US President has directed the State Department to restart visa processing for individuals from the affected countries and to develop ways to address the harm caused to those who were prevented from coming to America because of the ban.

Effected in 2017 during Donald Trump’s first week in office, the Muslim Ban initially restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority nations: Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

Moreover, the new US president Joe Biden has also halted construction of Trump’s border wall with neighbour Mexico.

The order includes immediate termination of the national emergency declaration that allowed the former administration to redirect billions of dollars to the wall.

Muslims also praised Joe Biden for taking this initiative and expressed a sense of relief. The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said this reversal by the Biden administration is the culmination of years of work by activists and organizers.

Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Office, said that “President Biden making repealing the Muslim ban a day one priority communicates to American Muslims that they are being heard that their concerns are relevant to this administration and that we can turn to this administration to fulfil its promises.”

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