When Barack Obama sits down tomorrow with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, he’ll do so knowing the U.S. is importing the least crude in two decades, a shift changing America’s strongest relationship in the Arab world.
Saudi Arabia named Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second in line to the throne, the latest royal promotion as King Abdullah confronts unprecedented political instability in the Middle East and economic changes at home.
The United Arab Emirates backed Saudi Arabia’s decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group supported by Qatar, a terrorist organization amid diplomatic discord between the three countries.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose public support after a trip to the U.S. outweighed the detractors who tried to pelt his convoy with eggs, also has backing from where it matters most: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
U.S. and Russian diplomats will meet today to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, heading a global diplomatic push to ease tension as forces in Crimea square off and the Obama administration maintains the threat of sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s government.
When Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah held talks with Secretary of State John Kerry on Nov. 4, his main concern wasn’t U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program or Syria’s war as the visitors had expected: it was Egypt.