US Optimistic on Crown Prince's Visit Opening New Areas of Cooperation

US Optimistic on Crown Prince's Visit Opening New Areas of Cooperation

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 - 09:00
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Riyadh, Washington - Abdul Hadi Habtoor and Asharq Al Awsat
The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the United States comes in a period that is witnessing fostering and expanding historic ties between the two countries.

Head of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council Edward Burton told Asharq Al-Awsat: "Both the US and Saudi Arabia have a strong economic relationship. The United States is the Kingdom's largest trading partner, and the Kingdom is one of the largest US export markets in the Middle East. "

Burton stated that Saudi Arabia signed the joint strategic vision with US President Donald Trump in May, and it included several agreements worth billions of dollars. The deals were divided into two: defense and energy. He added that the business leaders in the two countries declared more than $200 billion in commerce deals, including deals with Aramco, General Electric and Honeywell International.

In statements to Asharq Al-Awsat, Christopher Henzel, the Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Riyadh, said he was confident Trump and the Crown Prince would “enjoy open and candid discussions on a variety of issues.”

The two countries share a fruitful partnership and permanent friendship that go back 80 years.

“The world has changed amazingly since 1940, and with these changes, our partnership grew,” he added. “Our bilateral ties focused at the beginning on energy and security. But they developed later on to include a wide group of mutual interest topics.”

He underpinned that the Kingdom is a primary partner in maintaining stability in the Middle East.

Henzel continued that Trump expressed the US concerns towards the Iranian attitude that seeks to harm security in the Middle East.

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