Bilateral relations at the center of discussions between Saudi Arabia and the US

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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah discussed bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, ways to strengthen them and matters of common interest with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Saturday.

This emerges from a telephone conversation between the Saudi Arabian diplomatic chief and his US representative, the official Saudi press agency “SPA” reported.

SPA reports, “Both parties reviewed all aspects of the relationship between the Kingdom and the United States, as well as ways to strengthen and improve them in various areas of cooperation.”

“The evolution of the situation in the region and the world and questions of common interest were on the menu of the discussions,” the same source underlined, without giving further details.

On July 16, the Arab Summit was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the presence of US President Joe Biden, Kuwaiti Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Asad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister and Special Representative of the Sultan of Oman.

This will be Joe Biden’s first visit to Saudi Arabia since his term begins on January 20, 2021, and the 12th visit by the last eight US presidents in 5 decades. Biden is the first US president to travel directly from Israel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The visit follows “tensions” that have characterized US-Saudi relations, particularly since Biden came to power, according to observers. Then the US president talked about changing course on relations with Saudi Arabia.

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*Translated from Arabic by Hajar Cherni

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