The white house called a meeting of US President Donald trump and the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. The talks will be held next week, March 20.
Press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders said: «the President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia». Other official comments about the upcoming meeting yet.
Leaving London Saudi newspaper «Al-Sharq al-Awsat» reminds that last week the Prince Muhammad bin Salman for three days was a visit to Egypt, met with President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and other political and religious leaders, representatives of big business. As a result of this visit was the signing of important economic agreements, an agreement was reached on joint action against terrorists and extremists.
Then crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for three days was a visit to the UK, where he met with Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Theresa may and her Ministers of government, MPs and the Archbishop of Canterbury. In London signed a series of trade and defense agreements.
The main topics of talks in the United States, apparently, in addition to bilateral relations, there will be joint actions of Riyadh and Washington against the expansion of Iran in the middle East. It is not excluded that will be discussed is the initiative of the administration trump the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In this context, can be raised by the issue of moving the us Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Saudi leadership has expressed dissatisfaction with this decision trump, but refrained from critical statements.
Note that the talks of Muhammad bin Salman and Donald trump will be held on the background of publications, a notable improvement of Saudi-Israeli relations. A week ago, leaving London pan-Arab newspaper «al-Arabi al-Jadid», citing an Egyptian diplomatic sources wrote about the significant progress in negotiations on the so-called «agreement of the century» – the Palestinian-Israeli agreement, followed by the normalization of Israel’s relations with the Arab world. In this publication it was alleged that the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia met with representatives of the Israeli leadership and have reached an agreement on the settlement plan, which prepares the American administration.
The previous meeting between Muhammad bin Salman and Donald trump in Washington took place a year ago, March 13, 2017. It was already obvious that the current political and economic issues should be discussed with the crown Prince, not the king Salman Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, who was one of the first leaders of the Arab world, which trump spoke on the phone after his inauguration.