The US will not leave any vacuum in the Middle East region to Russia, China, or Iran, US President Joe Biden said on Saturday.
At an Arab-American summit in the Saudi city of Jeddah, Biden stated, “We will not walk away and leave a vacuum to be filled by China, Russia, or Iran.”
He added, “We will seek to build on this moment with active, principled, American leadership.”
In addition to Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, the summit brought together Biden with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council members.
Biden is set to conclude his four-day trip to the Middle East region which included Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the West Bank.
Amid the Russian war in Ukraine, the trip was seen as a US attempt to assert leadership in the Middle East against China and Russia.