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Biden bumps fists with Saudi crown prince at Jeddah royal palace

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets US President Joe Biden, with a fist bump after his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets US President Joe Biden, with a fist bump after his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

JEDDAH — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes US President Joe Biden at the Al Salam Royal Palace in Jeddah.

In a highly anticipated interaction, Biden fist-bumped the crown prince who greeted him outside the palace.

The president greeted Israeli leaders the same way upon deplaning in Tel Aviv in what was seen as part of the White House’s COVID precautions, but then speculated as part of Biden’s effort to avoid having to shake hands with the Saudi leader who the CIA found was responsible for ordering the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Biden will hold a meeting with the crown prince and his aides, and another meeting with King Salman and his team.

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