Trump administration has appointed a former army general with a sound experience in Middle-east as the new ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The post had been empty since January 2017 after Joseph Westphal left it.
US President has appointed the longest Chief of Central Command of US which also covers Middle-East for the vacant position. Abizaid is of Lebanese-Christian decent and is four-star retired army general. To add to his credentials, Abizaid has done a Masters of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University where his thesis was on Weapons procurement policy of Saudi Arabia.
Abizaid will hold a critical position as the relations between US and Saudi Arabia are passing through a turbulent zone especially after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi- a Saudi journalist. Latter was killed after he had entered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul early last month. Riyadh has denied any involvement or responsibility for the incident. It has maintained that Khashoggi had left the consulate but later admitted to the killing by a group of rogues.
President Trump has given no stark reaction to the growing evidence which pointed towards the direct involvement of the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Trump has asked for complete accountability of the murder and also clarified that any punishment on Riyadh will not affect the arms sale to the Kingdom.