It was a striking photograph. The US president and the man he’d called a pariah, bumping fists in the gilded splendour of Jeddah’s royal palace.
Saudi Arabia was always going to be the controversial stop on Joe Biden’s first trip to the Middle East as US president.
Just four weeks earlier, Mr Biden had said he wouldn’t meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his visit here.
As he settled into the White House during his first few weeks in the job, he refused to even speak with Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler.
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