Saudi Arabia King's son Prince Khaled appointed as US Envoy

Monday 24th of April 2017

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman on 22 April 2017 issued a royal decree stating the appointment of just one of his sons Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdulaziz when the Saudi Arabia's Ambassador with the United States (US). Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki was removed as Ambassador with the US.


The appointment of Prince Khaled to Washington signals the Saudi kingdom's eagerness to strengthen bilateral ties with US under President Donald Trump. Moreover, Saudi Arabia is a world's third largest defence spender. Prince Khaled's appointment positions him being a influential broker in refers to US manufacturers.About Prince Khaled• King Salman's son Prince Khaled is an ancient F-15 pilot, who graduated in military-aviation training from Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi in 2009.• He took part in anti- Islamic State strikes in 2014 as part of the US-led coalition. • He also participated flying missions over Yemen, where the kingdom have been bombing a Yemeni faction aligned with Iran for upwards of two years.• After studying briefly at Harvard University and Georgetown University, he got training at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.CommentThe US and Saudi Arabia possess a decades-old relationship depending on exchange of American to protect Saudi oil. However, ties between Sunni-ruled Riyadh and Washington had cooled under Barack Obama administration after Washington pursued a nuclear accord with Shia-ruled Iran that your kingdom strongly opposed. Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional rivals and opposing sides on the wars in Syria and Yemen.These relations revived back since the morning Donald Trump took office as US President. The relations need to prosper furthermore with such strategic appointments.

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