The extremist plot to disrupt Saudi-US ties

For decades, extremist views have been expressed to try and strain the ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States

Turki Aldakhil
Turki Aldakhil
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For decades, extremist views have been expressed to try and strain the ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Every possible means has been adopted to achieve this objective.

The most difficult moment for the ties between the two countries came when Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda planned and executed the 9/11 attacks. The world waited for a response.

With the United States during George W. Bush tenure being aware, Saudi Arabia was able to understand the intent of the organization and its plans. Basically, al-Qaeda anticipated the US to strike back against Saudi Arabia.

However, things went the other way and both the countries established the most important military, economic, and political cooperation in modern times.

Politics is based on facts on the ground and interests and this is what Saudi Arabia is seeking to establish with the United States of America

Turki Aldakhil

Historic relations

During the first phone call between President Trump and King Salman, the US president highlighted the historic relations between the two countries.

King Salman also recalled al-Qaeda’s failed attempt and emphasized that the organization was intent on destroying the partnership because of Osama bin Laden who emerged from within the Muslim Brotherhood as Ayman al-Zawahiri says.

Another stage is now looming on the horizon and we need to observe it carefully without getting emotional about it or totally undermining it. Politics is based on facts on the ground and interests and this is what Saudi Arabia is seeking to establish with the United States of America.

This article was first published in Okaz on February 06, 2017.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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