Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Eid Al-Fitr 2017
Marawi Siege: Philippines Says No Deal with Militants Who Seized City US, «Israel» Collaborate to Combat Cyber Attacks UN: Colombia’s FARC Completes Disarmament Process US’ Tillerson to Meet Qatari Counterpart in Washington Trumpcare to Leave 22m Americans Uninsured Theresa May’s £1bn DUP Deal Met with Outrage Brazil’s Temer Charged with Corruption, Pressure Increases Battle for Mosul: Fighting to End in Days as Troops Advance in Old City Qatar Row: Bahrain Accuses Doha of Military Escalation North Korea Compares Trump to Hitler! #Israeli Spy Drones Fly over South #Lebanon Areas #Lavrov: #US Protects Terrorist from Bombings in #Syria #Lavrov: Violence Decreased after Tension Relief Areas in #Syria Formed #UK: 27 Tower Blocks in 15 Areas Fail Fire Cladding Tests At Least Three Killed in #Mosul Suicide Attacks #UN: #Yemen #Cholera Cases Could Pass 300,000 by September #Interfax: Possibility of #Daesh Leader Al-Baghdadi's Death could be 100% 20 Killed, 50 Injured in #Afghanistan Car Bomb #Iraqi Forces Advance on #Mosul Mosque Where #Daesh Claimed Caliphate #Saudi King Dismisses Bin Nayef as Crown Prince, Appoints Bin Salman Instead
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Americas » Americas...

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Trump, Saudi Arabia in Mutual Embrace
Local Editor

US President Donald Trump may not be popular in much of the Muslim world but he has been warmly embraced by Saudi Arabia and, in turn, reached out to the oil-rich kingdom.

Trump, Saudi Arabia in Mutual Embrace

A meeting Tuesday in Washington between Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, confirmed that the new government in Washington sees Riyadh as a critical partner for both security and investment, analysts say.

Prince Mohammed, 31, whose country is the birthplace of Islam, was one of the first foreign leaders to visit Trump, who has vowed to fight "radical Islamic terrorism".
His trip followed a series of laudatory comments towards the new administration from Saudi Arabia, whose relations were increasingly frayed under former president Barack Obama.

Trump "recognizes the Saudi leadership as the primary conduit to the Muslim world," said Salman al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee [SAPRAC].

The Washington meeting was an affirmation by Trump's team that the main source "for Middle Eastern stability, security and untapped mutual economic prosperity is Saudi Arabia," Ansari told AFP from Washington.

His committee is a private initiative to strengthen Saudi-US ties.

Anwar Eshki, a retired Saudi general and founder of the Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, said Trump invited Prince Mohammed "to make the plan for the Middle East" together.


Meanwhile, not only the United States does represent the target of the Saudi charm offensive.

While his son was in Washington, King Salman was in Asia on a month-long tour that has included stops in China, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia to strengthen alliances in the region.

Second in line to the throne, Prince Mohammed holds the post of defense minister, although much of his focus is on efforts to diversify the economy.

A White House statement said Trump and Prince Mohammed seek "to further strengthen and elevate the United States-Saudi strategic relationship" in security, economic and other areas.

The US and Saudi Arabia have a decades-old relationship based on the exchange of American ‘security' for Saudi oil.

While Trump's proposed 90-day ban on the entry of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has prompted criticism in much of the Muslim world, there has been no outcry from Riyadh.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

 

17-03-2017 | 14:39


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top