Revitalizing the Saudi-US Relationship

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  • The Saudi leadership came away with positive views of US President Joe Biden's visit, believing direct communication will help the two countries move forward on shared goals.
  • Saudi Arabia and the US didn’t agree on everything, and no promises were made on oil supply.
  • But US reassurances on its security commitment to the region — seen as critical in the region absent a functioning Iran nuclear deal — were welcomed, and the kingdom is open to the idea of increasing oil supply provided it's justified by the fundamentals.

Biden’s much-scrutinized visit to Saudi Arabia, which he previously described as a “pariah" state, came at a time when he clearly needs its help to cool down oil prices. Aware of its powerful position, the kingdom approached the visit with cautious optimism — and preparation. Indeed, the entire visit was well orchestrated, with senior US officials shuffling in and out the kingdom in the weeks ahead of Biden’s arrival to avoid any slight chance of any mismanaged expectations.

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