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Donald Trump praises United States military sales in talks with Saudi crown prince

22 March 2018, 01:10 | Bernice Figueroa

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in US on state visit

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in US on state visit

"The relationship is probably the strongest it's ever been". The two took up an array of contentious issues.

Trump and MBS, as he is known in Washington's corridors of power, have seen eye-to-eye on concerns about Iran's military activism, Middle East peace, relaxing Saudi Arabia's deeply conservative laws and over their love for mega-investments.

President Donald Trump and the Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia Mohammad bin Salman met Tuesday.

Speaking in English, Prince Mohammed is pointing out significant Saudi investments in the U.S. "There's nobody that even comes close to us in terms of technology and the quality of the equipment, and Saudi Arabia appreciates that". He has allowed women to drive and opened movie theaters shuttered since the 1980s, advocating a more moderate brand of Islam than that which has dominated Saudi life for the last four decades.

The Pentagon is providing aircraft refueling and targeting capabilities to Saudi Arabia-backed forces. Many countries' requests to buy American weapons were refused; others failed to get the approval of Congress, while some were formulated in an impossible way, as was the case with Pakistan, which Senator Rand Paul described as a "frenemy".

Neither Mr. Trump nor his guest mentioned Yemen or the humanitarian crisis there to reporters, instead focusing on the huge increase in military hardware that Saudi Arabia is purchasing from the US, and the boon to the USA economy. Consequently, interests, viewed as a balance that holds the relationship, remain generally in our favor. The two countries finalised $110 billion defence deals.

In addition to lunch at the White House, Prince Mohammed is expected to have dinner with Mr. Mattis and meetings with the C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, recently nominated by Mr. Trump to succeed Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. His project has nothing to do with America or Britain.

Bin Salman was very happy that the Tuesday's meeting exceeded his expectations, which doubled the amount of investments between Saudi Arabia and the US. On a visit to Riyadh the next month, Tillerson also criticized the Saudi's for their involvement in Lebanon, and for leading a blockade on fellow Gulf kingdom, Qatar. It sees him as a state modernizer and a pragmatic reformer.

He told a crowd in the northeastern city of Mashad in a Persian New Year message that the United States would not achieve its goals in the region.

Saudi Arabia has opposed the deal since it was signed in 2015 by Iran and five world powers, saying it did not go far enough to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. "The foundation of the relation is really huge and deep". He is the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.

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