It's amazing how much can change in two years, and it is more amazing when we talk about a country where change has been historically slow, which has always been the case in Saudi Arabia. However, a changed kingdom is exactly what US President Barack Obama is going to witness upon arriving in Riyadh this week.
President Barack Obama, right, meets with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House, on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Washington. AP
This certainly hasn’t been the first time ties between Washington and Riyadh have been put to the test. This alliance – which has always been built on mutual interests, respect and a similar determination to bring peace and prosperity to the region – will endureFaisal J. Abbas