Biden advocates more freedom in Middle East by telling leaders getting criticized is 'not fun'

Foundational freedoms are foundational to who we are as Americans,” Biden said Saturday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at the GCC+3 Summit Meeting. “It’s in our DNA. But it’s also because we know that the future will be won by the countries that unleash the full potential of their populations, where women can exercise equal rights and contribute to building stronger economies, resilient societies, and more modern and capable militaries; where citizens can question and criticize their leaders without fear of reprisal.

Biden ha continuato, “I’ve gotten plenty of criticism over the years. It’s not fun. But the ability to speak openly and exchange ideas freely is what unlocks innovation.

Biden added that no countrygets it rightall the time and said that the stati Uniti is no exception while pledging that his nationis invested in building a positive future in the region” e “not going anywhere.

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Il presidente degli Stati Uniti Joe Biden (L) being welcomed by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Arabia Saudita

Il presidente degli Stati Uniti Joe Biden (L) being welcomed by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Arabia Saudita (Getty Images)

Biden’s speech comes after a series of talks with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman regarding energy production and human rights. The crown prince announced that Saudi Arabia would increase production from roughly 10 million barrels of crude oil per day to 13 milioni.

Energy producers have increased production, and I look forward to seeing what’s coming in the next month,” Biden said of the development. The White House has stressed that it does not expect the output to occur immediately but rather over the coming months.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Venerdì, luglio 15, 2022.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Venerdì, luglio 15, 2022. (AP)

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But Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters Saturday that the president did not discuss oil production during the weekend meetings.

Also in the meetings, the White House said Biden welcomed the signing of a bilateral Partnership Framework for Advancing Clean Energy, with new Saudi investments toaccelerate the energy transition and combat the effects of cambiamento climatico.

NOI. Presidente Joe Biden, centro sinistra, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, centro, arrive for the family photo during the "GCC+3"

NOI. Presidente Joe Biden, centro sinistra, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, centro, arrive for the family photo during theGCC+3(Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP)

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La casa Bianca said the frameworkfocuses particularly on solar, green hydrogen, nucleare, and other clean energy initiatives.

Fox News’ Peter Aitken and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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