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Biden Rebuffed as Ties With Saudi, UAE Hit New Low – Guardian

The Ukraine war is stirring tensions in the Middle East, where two old US allies are questioning their ties because Joe Biden wants to resurrect a nuclear deal with Iran


Smoke billows from a fire at Saudi Aramco's petroleum storage facility in Jeddah allegedly by Houthi rebels backed by Iran, March 25, 2022. File photo: Reuters.

 

The UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to rebuff the US president – refusing to even take his calls – as he attempts to counter soaring oil prices caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both countries have been unusually frank about their refusal to step in, The Guardian says.

The Ukraine war is bringing tensions to a head in the Middle East, where two of America’s old allies are seriously questioning the foundations of their ties, because Joe Biden wants a return to the nuclear deal first negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. The ‘declining superpower’ is sacrificing allies for idealism, they say, amid fear that a deal with Tehran paves the way for Iran to get a nuclear bomb and to fill the war chest of the Revolutionary Guard Corps and aid their militias spread across the Arab world.

Read the full story: The Guardian.
 


 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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