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.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.