Joe Bien announces 1 billion for food security in the Middle East and North Africa

US President Joe Biden on Saturday announced $1 billion in aid for food security in the Middle East and North Africa.

This aid aims to help people in the region cope with the consequences of food shortages and increases in basic products, such as wheat, due to the war in Ukraine.

This amount will be committed “in the short and long term”, specified an American official who announced the news. This aid comes as Joe Biden visits Saudi Arabia on Saturday to meet Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.

Joe Biden will attempt on Saturday, at the end of his Middle East tour, to show his willingness to create partnerships based on trust with the Gulf countries, and to promote a vision of security and the fight against extremism.

The food security component is important given that these were the first directly impacted by the war between Ukraine and Russia where the United States supports kyiv.

Friday, his national security adviser Jake Sullivan has already announced the color. Biden “clearly and substantively lays out his vision” for the Middle East, he said.

“We are not going to leave a vacuum that China and Russia would come to fill”, with Iran in ambush, promised for his part Friday Joe Biden, who concludes Saturday in Jeddah his first tour in the Middle East, started in Israel midweek.

US President Joe Biden will therefore talk about his vision for the Middle East and how to stem the volatility in oil prices that is weighing on the global economy.

He will have bilateral meetings with the leaders of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq, and participate in a so-called “CCG+3” summit, and has already invited the President of the United Arab Emirates to the United States. .

The meeting organized in Jeddah brings together the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain), as well as Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

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