Saudi to buy US military equipment and invest in the economy to strengthen the US-Saudi alliance. MBS, the crowned prince of Saudi believes in maintaining the US-Saudi alliance which started more than 80 years back. US-Saudi alliance is vital for political, economic and security-related interests of Saudi Arabia and balancing the regional foe, Iran.
During the first visit of the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), to the white house, President Trump had discussions over investments and military deals and matters related to security.
In a press briefing post the said meeting, Trump said “[…] the relationship, now, is probably as good as it’s really ever been, and I think will probably only get better. Tremendous investments made in our country. And that means jobs for our workers, jobs for our people,”
US-Saudi alliance stronger than ever after an agreement to invest $400 Billion instead of $200 Billion.
Trump said, “Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world,”.
Trump Taking advantage of US-Saudi alliance to solve the Gulf crisis with Qatar.
Accusing Qatar of providing support to “terrorism”, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE severed any trade and diplomatic ties with the country on 5th June 2017. Trump’s meeting with MBS is one of many bilateral meetings he is scheduled to have with leaders of various Gulf countries.
The Foreign Minister of Qatar showed his willingness to take part in the US-GCC Summit to be held next spring only if Saudi, Egypt, Bahrain and The UAE base their motivation not on coercion but real determination. Saudi’s foreign minister denied being aware of any plan for the US-GCC Summit.