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Saudi Arabia: Biden meets crown prince amid criticism

US President Joe Biden has met the crown prince of Saudi Arabia - a nation he once pledged to make a "pariah" over its human rights record.

Mr Biden fist bumped Mohammed bin Salman as he arrived for talks aimed at repairing the relationship between the two nations.

The president has been criticised over the trip after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents.

Mr Biden says he wants to "reorient not rupture" relations.

While there was little friendliness or warmth from Mr Biden - something he has often shown when meeting other world leaders - their meeting is significant.

The US-Saudi relationship faced a serious challenge with the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a US-based journalist who wrote for the Washington Post.


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