White House officials have confirmed that President Biden intends to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks. Although Mr Biden warned on Friday that he still had ‘no direct plans’ for such a trip, it was a classic no-nonsense denial, issued perhaps because details still remained. last minute to solve. The bottom line is that, barring any unforeseen changes, the President will significantly soften the American stance towards the regime whose de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS), bears primary responsibility for the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi – among other human rights abuses – and whom the president had previously promised and tried to keep at a greater distance.