Washington (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel next month and the White House is planning to announce the trip this week, a source familiar with the planning said on Sunday.
Biden’s trip, which is expected to take place around mid-July, could include a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the source said.
A spokesperson for the National Security Council confirmed a Biden trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia was being planned. “We have no further trip details to confirm, but we will announce as soon as we do,” the spokesperson said.
The visit would be aimed at bolstering relations with Saudi Arabia at a time when Biden is trying to find ways to lower gasoline prices in the United States.