Biden apologizes to Saudi Arabia over ISIS remarks

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal meet at Riyadh airbase Oct. 27, 2011.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal meet at Riyadh airbase Oct. 27, 2011.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over recent remarks he made suggesting Gulf states had supported extremist groups in the region.

Biden also thanked Saudi Arabia for its support in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“Vice President Biden spoke today with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Saud al-Faisal,” Biden’s office said in a statement.

“The vice president thanked the foreign minister for Saudi Arabia’s strong support in the shared fight against ISIL [ISIS] and he clarified his recent remarks regarding the early stages of the conflict in Syria. The two agreed that the issue was closed.”

Saudi Arabia is the third state Biden has appologized to over remarks he made at Harvard University last week.

He apologized to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates last weekend for having said U.S. allies in the region were partly to blame for the rise of ISIS in Syria.

 
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