US President to meet Saudi Monarch over American writer murder

US President Joe Biden will meet Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank today before he flies to a controversial summit in Saudi Arabia.

President Biden’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to be strained, after ties hit a low under the Trump administration.

Later, Mr Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet its de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father King Salman.

Two years ago, Mr Biden had pledged to make Saudi Arabia a pariah over the twenty-eighteen murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents.
The prince denies involvement, but US intelligence concluded he approved it.