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A New Chapter In Saudi – US Relations

A New Chapter In Saudi – US Relations

PARIS, France - The meeting between His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in Jeddah on June 7, 2023, marked a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the two countries. The meeting was open, candid, and constructive, covering a wide range of issues of mutual interest and concern.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership that has endured for more than seven decades, based on shared values and interests. They also agreed to enhance their cooperation in various fields, including security, trade, investment, energy, technology, and culture.

One of the main topics of discussion was the potential for normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, which would be a historic step for peace and stability in the Middle East. The two leaders agreed to continue the dialogue on this issue, taking into account the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people.

Another important topic was the conflict in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition to restore the internationally recognized government and the Iranian – backed Houthi aggression. The two leaders discussed ways to advance the political efforts in Yemen, as well as to counter the threats posed by the Houthis to regional security.

The meeting also addressed the latest developments in Sudan, where Saudi Arabia has played a key role in supporting the democratic transition and mediating a ceasefire agreement between the military and civilian forces. The two leaders commended the Sudanese people for their resilience and determination to achieve their aspirations for freedom and democracy.

The meeting also touched upon other regional and international issues, such as Iran’s nuclear program, Iraq’s reconstruction, Syria’s crisis, Lebanon’s stability, Afghanistan’s future, and climate change. The two leaders expressed their shared concern about these challenges and their willingness to work together to find solutions.

The meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Blinken was a positive and productive one that reflected the depth and breadth of the Saudi-US relations. It also demonstrated the mutual respect and trust that exist between the two countries and their leaders. It is hoped that this meeting will pave the way for more cooperation and coordination between Saudi Arabia and the United States in pursuit of their common goals and interests.



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