The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is experiencing a fundamental geopolitical transformation which has pushed both superpowers to get more involved in the affairs of the MENA region. The frequent visits of both American and Russian officials to the region reflect the importance they attach to it. Between 9-11 September, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Jordan as part of his tour to the Middle East region, which will later take him to Riyadh, where he shall meet Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and other senior Saudi officials.
The centrality of Jordan
The Gulf crisis is not the only topic on the Russian agenda. Moscow seeks Saudi support for its projects in the arrangements to reduce tension in southern SyriaShehab Al-Makhleh