American-Saudi relations were built as part of a legacy of interests after World War II. Ever since the meeting between Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz, and the Eisenhower Doctrine with King Saud all the way through to the several agreements and consecutive meetings with crown princes and kings, the relations were not only based on cultural ties, religious dimensions or geographic locations. They revolved around interests; the more they were strengthened, the more solid ties were, and when they begin to fade, they would be in danger.
In his interview with Bloomberg, Prince Mohammed bin Salman noted that the relationship with Trump is built on work. Obama’s agenda that worked against Saudi Arabia was not effective as Saudi Arabia maintained its influence and strategic work and path in the region. The kingdom’s strategic weight comes from taking the lead in terms of its ability to provide the world with oil, look after the Two Holy Mosques and having a spiritual power, which millions of Muslims feel around the world.
Everyone knows what happened and what caused the disturbance in the region after Obama turned away from Saudi Arabia and preferred to negotiate with Iran. This is when the disaster happenedFahad Suleiman Shoqiran
Targeting Saudi Arabia
Following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a front of “adversaries” was formed to attack Saudi Arabia without waiting for the results of the investigation. It’s a political attack led by Qatar along with a group of leftists, nationalists, Brotherhood remnants and imbecile figures via news segments and programs.
The adversaries colluded to carry out this attack as they saw in the disappearance of Jamal an opportunity to direct their arrows at Saudi Arabia. They thus employed their full potential to serve personal vendetta aims and launch a political war.
The state of Qatar which is outcast by countries whose population is more than 150 million in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain is suffering from a severe geographic crisis and it’s politically suffocated, so it wanted to avenge via all means possible even if it’s through lies and fabrications.
The Khashoggi case has created a tense media atmosphere as reporters are asking Trump about him whenever they get the chance regardless of the occasion they are covering.
Saudi Arabia has overcome bigger crises and it has the ability to confront threats via its capabilities and alliances in the region as it’s not an incapable country.
Close US relations
Everyone knows what happened and what caused the disturbance in the region after Obama turned away from Saudi Arabia and preferred to negotiate with Iran. This is when the disaster happened, and the region with its history of cultural convergence between nations via the Mediterranean area turned into fronts of evil, terrorism and ethnic and religious massacres.
Pompeo’s visit to Riyadh gave the relation between the two countries positive vibes. Pompeo is one of the prominent wise men in the current American administration. He along with the king and the crown prince can renew the formulas of interests and strategic convergence in the region.
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There is a need to coordinate in Yemen and Syria, the nature of the Turkish role, the war on terrorism and leading the Islamic world towards a renewed religious rhetoric. These are tasks which only Saudi Arabia with its political, geographic and spiritual weight can assume.
Pompeo’s remarks confirmed there’s a Saudi political insistence to investigate Khashoggi’s case and King Salman ordered the public prosecutor to conduct an internal probe into the Khashoggi disappearance. This reflects exceptional seriousness and quick actions to find answers to all mysteries.
Saudi Arabia has its long history, it defended its existence against the forces of evil and the rounds of wars lasted for 300 years. It can carry out its roles towards its people and surroundings without blackmail or beneficence from anyone.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Fahad Shoqiran is a Saudi writer and researcher who also founded the Riyadh philosophers group. His writings have appeared in pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, Alarabiya.net, among others. He also blogs on philosophies, cultures and arts. He tweets @shoqiran.