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He called for a “nuclear cover” for the Gulf.. Hamad bin Jassim comments on Biden’s meeting with Gulf leaders and normalization with Israel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)– Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, the former prime minister of Qatar, commented on reports about US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region and his upcoming meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

And Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said, in tweets via Twitter, on Saturday, that “the words of the American president that he will not go to the meeting unless some progress is achieved in the relationship between Israel and some of the GCC countries. This is like what is required for the upcoming midterm elections for the Senate and the House of Representatives But things are agreed upon as far as I know.

He added, “As far as I know, the meeting will focus on the problem of high oil prices. The Americans want lowering prices to be the main topic on the agenda and do not want to guarantee minimum prices.”

Sheikh Hamad called on the countries participating in Baden’s meeting to set an agenda for action, and suggested the necessity of containing it, including, “that the United States include the Arab Gulf states under the nuclear cover that it provides to many countries, and this is a demand that our countries previously raised. If Washington does not want the outbreak of A nuclear arms race in the region must respond to this request.”

In addition to noting that the rise in oil prices is a “compensation for what we lost in the past”, expecting that the current rise in prices is “the last big rise”.

He said that “the high oil revenues must be exploited to bring about a real renaissance that enhances the production of our countries before the next drop in prices, because governments will not be able to justify to their people the failure to prepare for that day.”

Regarding Arab cooperation with Israel, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said that “there are agendas to open horizons for broader cooperation with Israel, and this is okay if it is linked to real progress in a peace process that aims to reach a two-state solution on the 1967 borders and with American guarantees so that the interests are legitimate, but If we present all interests and understandings before reaching a guaranteed roadmap, there will be no real peace.”

Press reports had talked about Biden’s visit to the Middle East, coinciding with security understandings between Israel and Saudi Arabia regarding the status of the Tiran and Sanafir islands, whose ownership the Egyptian government transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2016, amid popular objections.

CNN and other media outlets reported plans for the president to visit Riyadh later this month, which represents a shift in his electoral platform in which he referred to the need to “ostracize” Saudi Arabia because of its role in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden confirmed in statements on Friday that there are no “direct plans” to visit Saudi Arabia, but he did not rule out going to the kingdom to meet the Saudi crown prince, in light of his efforts to improve relations in the Middle East.

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