JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had an “open, candid” conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the early hours of Wednesday about a wide range of bilateral issues, a U.S. official said.
The top U.S. diplomat arrived in Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday for a much anticipated visit amid frayed ties due to deepening disagreements on everything from Iran policy to regional security issues, oil prices and human rights.
Washington has struggled to steady the relationship with Riyadh, where the de facto ruler Prince Mohammed has dominated the decision-making, and as the traditional oil-for-security alliance crumbled under the emergence of the United States as a major oil producer.
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WNU Editor: U.S. and Saudi relations are definitely strained, and one meeting between the Crown Prince and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is going to solve nothing.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.s next big trip to mend fences is China …. Blinken planning to visit China in coming weeks (CNN).
US Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Meets With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Blinken meets with Saudi crown prince — The Hill