Trump axes McMaster, names Bolton as national security advisor

Friday, 23 March 2018

US President Donald Trump replaced his embattled national security advisor HR McMaster with hardline Fox News pundit and former UN ambassador John Bolton on Thursday. "I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor," Trump said in a tweet. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9." ...

US urges, Germany resists putting Hezbollah ban at heart of Iran’s nuclear deal

Friday, 23 March 2018

US sources said that the German government is hampering the European approval of a major US demand to designate the militias of the Lebanese Hezbollah Party, not just its military wing, as a terrorist organization, as part of the talks to amend the Iranian nuclear deal. Two sources familiar with the US talks with Germany, France and the United Kingdom on tackling flaws in the nuclear deal spoke to Fox News in Berlin, stating that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration was "the ...

On the relationship between money, oil and arms

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Relations between countries are all about interests. This is a consistent truth in politics. Saudi Arabia’s relation with the US, which is the most deeply rooted from the Arab region, is no different. The Americans discovered oil in Saudi Arabia about 80 years ago while other oil exploring states failed to do so. In the 1930’s, they built a new petroleum entity there led by Standard Oil and relations have continued ever since. Riyadh has viewed Washington as a strategic ally since ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Trump, Saudi Crown Prince discuss Houthi threat in Yemen

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during their meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi militias and Iranian activity in the country, the White House said in a statement. “On Yemen, the President and the Crown Prince discussed the threat the Houthis pose to the region, assisted by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. “The leaders discussed additional steps ...

Saudi Arabia embraces change - and the United States can help

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Seldom in human history do countries peacefully and voluntarily embark upon a resolute course correction to re-calibrate a national economy and expand societal norms - without comprising religious sensibilities. Yet that is precisely what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is attempting to do.For decades, the Kingdom lived according to social and cultural norms that went unchallenged, thus inhibiting our progress. But our leaders have set a new course that aims to transform our economy and society, and ...

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz

The US-Saudi relations: New challenges and opportunities

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The close strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has been vital for the security and prosperity of both countries as well as for regional peace and stability.This historical relationship has never been more important than it is today, mainly for two intertwined reasons: the change in the complex security landscape of the Middle East and the change within Saudi Arabia.President Trump’s administration came into office during an unprecedented tumultuous time in the ...

Saad Alsubaie

Trump praises US military sales in talks with Saudi crown prince

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised US defense sales to Saudi Arabia as a boost to American jobs.In Oval Office talks, Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed an agreement last year for $200 billion worth of Saudi investments with the United States, including large purchases of US military equipment. Trump said the military sales contributed to the creation of 40,000 American jobs.The talks were part of the first visit by the prince to the United States since he became ...

Saudi Crown Prince discusses Iran threat with top US Congress officials

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, on Tuesday and discussed the importance of fighting extremism and facing the Iranian threat. The crown prince had met with President Trump earlier in the day, where he said that the relations between the two countries are historic and deeply rooted. "We are seeking to invest nearly $200 bln dollars in joint projects," ...

Trump calls Putin to congratulate him on re-election

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election to a fourth term, and they discussed arranging a meeting against the backdrop of heightened tensions between their two nations over election meddling.Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the meeting could happen soon and they would likely follow up on Putin’s recent declaration that he does not want an arms race with the United States.“I suspect that we’ll ...

How Saudi-US trade relations have progressed over 85 years

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Trade relations between Saudi Arabia and the US are considered a critical component of the relationship between the two countries. These relations date back to 1933 when the American Standard Oil Company of California discovered oil in Saudi Arabia. Since then, leaders of both countries have demonstrated keenness to develop trade and investment relations by establishing joint councils, committees and exchange trade delegation visits. According to preliminary 2017 data released by the General ...

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