Tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been on the raise lately. Despite being one of the U.S.’s closest Middle East allies, the Obama Administration has been critical of Saudi Arabia’s actions against the Islamic State group and called for Saudi Arabia and Iran to “share the neighborhood.” Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, King Salman has been shaking things up both domestically and internationally. He appointed new ministers, launched new policies, and is facing huge economic challenges with the drop in the price of oil. Add to that the Iranian nuclear deal and you have a recipe for a complicated situation.
President Obama is in Saudi Arabia now meeting with Saudi leaders and those of the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. It is with this backdrop that our Senior Political Analyst, Fahad Nazer, was asked for comment by the Associated Press. The article, In Saudi visit, Obama faces ‘curveball’ in ties with kingdom, delves deeper into the President’s current trip.