Issue Brief on “US-Saudi Arabia Ties: A New Realignment Under Trump”

Saudi Arabia became the first foreign country to be visited by the new US President Donald Trump as he landed in the country on May 20, 2017 to attend the first Arab-Islamic-America Summit to discuss the battle against terrorism and the rising tide of extremism.

Prior to this trip, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was amongst the first few foreign leaders who met President Trump at the White House earlier this year, calling it a “historical turning point”[i] in their relations. Subsequently, Trump’s choice of the Saudi Kingdom as his first state visit as POTUS, further emphasizes the importance of the realigning of relationship between both the countries, and cementing their strategic relations further by offering the Saudis the biggest arms deal in American history.

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