INTERNATIONAL DESK: US President Joe Biden has talked by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he seeks to put relations with America’s old ally on a new footing, BBC reports.
He “affirmed the importance” the US “places on universal human rights and the rule of law”, the White House said.
Mr Biden made the call after reading a forthcoming US report into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The report is expected to implicate the king’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He denies involvement.
Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, pursued closer ties with Saudi Arabia.