Top Biden aide arrives in Saudi Arabia, meets with crown prince ahead of Israel visit

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 13, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 13, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in the Saudi city of Dhahran, the Saudi state news agency reports.

Sullivan is due to travel to Israel after his visit to Saudi Arabia, where a senior US official told The Times of Israel he and the crown prince will discuss the long-shot US effort to broker a normalization agreement between Jerusalem and Riyadh. In Israel, Sullivan will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to update him on his talks in Riyadh and also discuss Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah, the US official said.

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