Saudi Crown Prince MBS met President Trump in White House. He was extended a warm welcome by the President and was praised for the new vivacity with which the Prince is trying to make the Kingdom’s make-over and launch it in the current century.
Military sales to the Kingdom figured high in talks as Trump stated that the latter had helped create around 40,000 jobs in America. The US and Saudi Arabia had signed a $200 billion agreement for buying US military equipment last year. Trump dived into the extent of Saudi purchases of the same which spanned ships, missile defence systems, combat vehicles etc.
Trump mentioned, “Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully in form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world”.
The whole meeting and the visit are shadowed by the brutal image the Kingdom has bagged in the hearts of the people due to the Yemen offensive and the following humanitarian crisis which has enveloped the people of Yemen. President Trump is trying to sell MBS to a public which already is ripe with ire over the Kingdom’s brutalities and umpteen human rights abuses both on Arabian soils and its military ventures abroad.
MBS on his path to economic resurgence highlighted the history of alliance shared by both the nations which rests on 80 years of sharing political, economic and security interests in Middle-East. The whole visit is definitely more than mere arms deals and other economic agreements and stands to send a message to the Iranian Republic of the fostered alliance.
The talks about the Gulf crisis did not make an appearance although the President will hold a Gulf Summit in May to discuss and ease the situation around Qatar. The Gulf nations have accused Qatar as a sponsor of terrorism and have snapped all diplomatic and trade relations with it. The US has repeatedly insisted that the countries should engage in constructive dialogue.