Obama and US defence chief visit Saudi Arabia

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36088774

President Barack Obama is beginning a visit to Saudi Arabia at a time of strained relations between the US and Gulf countries.

As well as meeting King Salman, he will sit with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is on the trip with him.

Mr Carter said they would be seeking help with military and naval operations to counter Iran’s “destabilising activities” in the region.

Later in the week, President Obama will travel to the UK and Germany.

Behind the red carpet welcome and the official press briefings there are signs of real strain in the 71-year old US-Saudi strategic partnership.

Whatever polite words the Saudis may utter in public, for them, President Obama is the living embodiment of their disappointment with the current US administration.

The White House too has its own frustrations with Riyadh, some of which have spilled over into public comments.

In short, the relationship is not broken – Saudi Arabia and the US still need each other – but their alliance is probably under more strain now than at any time since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

The US support for the lifting of sanctions against Iran has damaged relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran’s biggest rival in the region.

And a bill that is being considered in the US at the moment could potentially allow American citizens to sue Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks.

The GCC includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.

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“Whatever polite words the Saudis may utter in public, for them, President Obama is the living embodiment of their disappointment with the current US administration.”

they need to get their stories right before the “big release”..

401

~ by seeker401 on April 21, 2016.

11 Responses to “Obama and US defence chief visit Saudi Arabia”

  1. great post

  2. How Two Red Sea Islands Shed Light on Secret Relations Between Israel and Saudi Arabia

    JERUSALEM – The announcement that Egypt transferred two small Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabian sovereignty drew protests from Egyptians this week, but in Israel it quietly shed light on the Jewish state’s secret and selective dealings with Saudi Arabia.

    The two countries have no formal ties, but there have been hints of quiet cooperation — or at least a strategic dialogue — over certain issues such as Iranian influence in the region.

    As analysts pondered the implications for Israel of Saudi control of the two islands — at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba, an important shipping route for Israelis and Jordanians — Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told Israeli reporters that he had received official documentation that Saudi Arabia would continue to allow Israelis freedom of passage in the area.

    He also said that Israel had been consulted before the transfer, which was apparently done by Egypt to reward Riyadh for its major financial help.

    Yaalon told the Israeli daily Haaretz that the transfer plan needed the approval of Israel, the United States (because Washington helped broker the Egypt-Israel peace accord), and a multinational observer mission monitoring the islands.

    “We reached an agreement between the four parties – the Saudis, the Egyptians, Israel and the United States – to transfer the responsibility for the islands on the condition the Saudis fill in the Egyptian shoes in the military appendix of the peace agreement,” he said.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/13/how-two-red-sea-islands-shed-light-on-secret-relations-between-israel-and-saudi-arabia/

  3. Saudi Arabia Purchases Drones from Israel Through South Africa

    http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Saudi-Arabia-purchases-drones-from-Israel-through-South-Africa-449779

  4. Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli terrorist acts
    April 19, 2016

    NEW YORK: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has condemned the terrorist and aggressive acts as well as the serious violations of the international laws by Israel, calling on the UN Security Council to compel Israel to end its repeated crimes against Palestinian people.
    http://gulftoday.ae/portal/d35b0d0f-0164-40d3-9e0f-a8a11e4baf9a.aspx

  5. Israel benefits from Iran-Saudi rift: Rafsanjani
    April 19, 2016
    http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/04/19/461587/Iran-Saudi-Arabia-Rafsanjani-OIC-Istanbul-Hezbollah/

    Oh the games these little kings play!

    False Enemies and False Allies – all work together

  6. Saudis propped Israel as key 9/11 player: Analyst
    April 16, 2016
    http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/04/16/461093/US-Israel-Saudi-Arabia-911-terrorist-attacks/

    all of these headlines in less than a week, lol.

  7. Syria and Iran are a couple of tough nuts to crack, because none of those interested in their demise has a decent excuse to simply go to war with them.
    Hence the use of Syrian “rebel freedom fighters” (terrorists) & the mercenary ISIS forces…both of which seem inadequate to the task.
    The mideast cabal of the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, & Qatar must be quite frustrated, these days.

    • due to Russia not in the last place…It’s a multi-moves war: mideast, the Arctics, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Venezuela…all take part of the same game of gambling & force checking…

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