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IIhan Omar fires salvos at Biden over Saudi Arabia trip


WASHINGTON - Minnesota 5th District Representative Ilhan Omar has criticized President Joe Biden for his trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, arguing that the visit sends a wrong signal to the rest of the world over the violation of Human Rights by the country.

Ms. Omar, who just like Biden is a Democrat and a refugee from Somalia, said Mr. Biden’s trip goes back on his word that he would make Saudi Arabia a “pariah nation” after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ilhan is a famous member of The Squad.

“We are going to make them pay the price, and make them in fact, the pariah that they are,” he said when he was running for president.

President Joe Biden is set to meet Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose administration has been accused of violating human rights and at times, subjecting critics to torture while assassinating others.

Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia comes in the middle of anxiety within the Middle East, with many countries from the Arab World also questioning his decision to visit Israel, a country that has been on the receiving end of the ongoing war within the West Bank and Gaza strip.

The United States president arrived in Riyadh on Friday after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited him to a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates alongside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Biden had criticized the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for killing children during the war in Yemen. Since then, though, Mr. Biden has touted improvements in the region meaning there is a possibility for peace in Yemen, a country that has been in shambles since 2011.

But Ms. Omar said the move will indicate that the United States does not care about women or human rights.

“I think it sends the wrong message to everyone who cares about human rights and cares about the United States upholding the values of protecting human rights care, you know, advancing democracies, speaking up for women,” she said. “Starting this trend of saying you're going to do one thing on foreign policy, and not really is harmful to you that we have seen by the outside world.”


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