Breakthroughs elude Biden on fraught Middle East tour

US President Joe Biden departs from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, concluding his first tour in the Middle East as president. - AFP pic, July 17, 2022.

US President Joe Biden sought to use his first Middle East tour in office to reassert Washington’s influence but emerged without a single diplomatic breakthrough, an outcome analysts said was no surprise.

On issues ranging from energy prices to human rights and Israel’s role in the region, Biden could point only to small—if any—gains after four whirlwind days of meetings and speeches.

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