Secretary of State Antony Blinken Seeks to Mend Ties During Saudi Arabia Visit Amid Strained Relations and Prospects of Israel Normalization
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a crucial visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, aiming to restore stability in the strained relationship between the two countries. The visit comes as the United States seeks to address deepening disagreements on key issues, including Iran, regional security, and oil prices.
- Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington-based think-tank, highlighted discouraging a closer Saudi-Chinese relationship as a crucial aspect of Blinken's visit. Goldberg stressed the importance of explaining to Saudi Arabia why aligning closely with China might hinder their relationship with Washington and why it is not in their strategic interests. Secretary Blinken's visit to Saudi Arabia holds significant implications for the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, the stability of the region, and the prospects of regional partnerships. Both parties are keen on addressing their differences and finding common ground to strengthen their ties moving forward.
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Published date : 07 Jun 2023 05:52PM