Trump tells Saudi prince he will work on arms deal
- Author: Megan Austin Mar 22, 2018,
Mar 22, 2018, 1:12
The two leaders had already agreed on a plan for about USD200 billion worth of investments from the Saudi side into U.S., which includes large puchases of military equipment from US.
In the Oval Office, Trump and the crown prince praised the strength of US-Saudi ties, which had grown strained under the Obama administration in part over differing views toward Riyadh's regional rival, Iran.
The prince was also due to have dinner with Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, the two point men in the Trump administration overseeing Middle East peace efforts.
"Iran has not been treating that part of the world, or the world itself, appropriately", Trump said. A lot of bad things are happening in Iran.
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They arrived three times and scored three goals. "The special plans is to try to defend well", he told reporters. Ferdinand added: "When I went to my opponent's box and the ball came up to me, I couldn't see nearly anything".
Bin Salman called Washington-Riyadh relations "really huge and really deep", saying his country has created 4 million jobs in the USA directly and indirectly and noting "more opportunities" remain.
"The Trump administration will not be able to offer the necessary guarantees on any changes to US law that would reassure Saudi Arabia and the IPO is simply too important to place in jeopardy", said Ayham Kamel of the Eurasia Group, a consultancy.
While in Washington, the crown prince is holding separate meetings with a long roster of influential USA officials, including the secretaries of defense, treasury and commerce, the Central Intelligence Agency director and congressional leaders from both parties. He is likely to rule for many decades if he succeeds his father. It was the 32-year-old Crown Prince's first official visit to the country as heir to the Saudi throne. Trump's meeting with MBS is one of many bilateral meetings he is scheduled to have with leaders of various Gulf countries.
Mohammed later met with Republican Senators Dan Sullivan, Tom Cotton, and Lindsey Graham, along with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, in talks which the Saudi embassy said showed the "multidimensional" nature of the kingdom's relations with the US. Giving details of the already concluded deals of worth $12.5 billion, Trump pampered MBS saying "This is pea-nut for you". Yemen is the latest such example where USA forces provide logistical and intelligence support to a Saudi-led coalition of largely Gulf nations fighting to oust Houthi rebels from what was already the Arab world's poorest nation before the conflict began. In Yemen, the kingdom says it is improving military targeting, opening up ports and pledging $1.5 billion in new aid.