Saudi Arabia and the United States: Over 80 years of fruitful and strong relations

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Saudi King Salman mets US President Donald Trump in Riyadh in May 2017. (SPA)
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US-Saudi relations evolved over the years to a strategic alliance that strengthened relations between the two countries in various fields. (SPA)
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Late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met with former US President George W. Bush in 2008. (SPA)
Updated 20 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia and the United States: Over 80 years of fruitful and strong relations

JEDDAH: The current official visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman, deputy prime minister and defense minister, to the United States symbolizes the keenness of both states to consolidate their partnerships and bilateral ties, which have extended over the course of 80 years.
Mohamad bin Salman’s first official visit as crown prince to the United States was on June 21, 2017, which at the time, implied a new leap in bilateral relations between both countries, and reflected an interest in finding ways to strengthen and develop those historical ties.
The Crown Prince’s current visit is of great importance, in the wake of rapid international and regional developments, the exchange of views and coordination are necessary between Saudi Arabia and the United States, who are countries of regional influence.
In addition, the visit is also aimed at pushing the Saudi economy forward to a wider horizon, in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030.
US-Saudi relations were established on mutual respect, cooperation and common interests. These ties are of special importance for both sides, given their long history, which dates back to 1931 when Saudi Arabia began to explore and produce oil for commercial purposes.
At the time, the late Saudi King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman granted an American company the rights to prospect for oil. The step was followed by the signing of a cooperation agreement between both states in 1933 in support of this economic aspect, which has become a global power ever since.
Twelve years since this agreement had been intacted, King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman strengthened bilateral ties with the US with a historic meeting with US President Franklin Roosevelt aboard the USS Conseil, on 14 February 1945.
The meeting was a turning point in transferring US-Saudi ties to a level of strategic alliance in various fields.


Saudi Hajj Ministry issues new web link for Qatari pilgrims after Doha blocking

Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi Hajj Ministry issues new web link for Qatari pilgrims after Doha blocking

  • The new link was made available as part of King Salman’s efforts to facilitate the arrival of all pilgrims
  • The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said it welcomes the arrival of Qatari pilgrims this year irrespective of the on-going Gulf dispute

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that is has allocated a new website link to receive the requests of Qataris who wish to perform Hajj after the Qatari authorities blocked the old one.
Qataris wishing to perform Hajj can use the following link: https://qh1.Hajj.gov.sa instead of the old one (https://qh.Hajj.gov.sa), Saudi Press Agency reported.
The new link was made available as part of King Salman’s efforts to facilitate the arrival of all pilgrims and ensure that any obstacles that they may face are overcome.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said it welcomes the arrival of Qatari pilgrims this year irrespective of the on-going Gulf dispute.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE — collectively known as the Anti-Terror Quartet — imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017 over Doha’s alleged ties with terror groups. Doha denies the charges.