Today, Saturday, US media reported that US President Joe Biden’s planned visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel later this month has been postponed to next July.
And the sources of the American network said that the White House is now planning to make a broader trip to the Middle East next month.
A senior US administration official told the network, “We are working on organizing a visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council +3 summit.”
He continued, “We are working to confirm the dates. When we have something to announce, we will.”
In the same context, a foreign diplomat and two American officials said that the visit to Saudi Arabia will not take place in late June, stressing at the same time that the trip to Israel has also been postponed.
On Friday, they added, they learned of the postponed travel plans.
The reason for the delay was not immediately clear, but US officials made clear that the dates are still in flux and could change again.
The network also stated that the White House refused to comment on the news of the travel delay, and the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington did not respond to inquiries on Friday evening.
Media reports had reported earlier that Biden would visit Israel and Saudi Arabia around the time he travels to attend the NATO summit in Spain and the Group of Seven summit in Germany later this month.