U.S.-Saudi Relationship ‘In a Good Place,’ Gates Says

RIYADH, Sau­di Ara­bia, April 6, 2011 — Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates emerged from a 90-minute meet­ing with Sau­di King Abdul­lah here today con­vinced that the rela­tion­ship between the Unit­ed States and Sau­di Ara­bia is “in a good place.”
Gates said he had an “extreme­ly cor­dial, warm meet­ing” with the Sau­di monarch. The sec­re­tary said he and the king dis­cussed how to pre­vent Iran and extrem­ist groups from try­ing to exploit the recent tur­moil in the Mid­dle East.

Gates said the Saud­is don’t seem to be par­tic­u­lar­ly con­cerned about the unrest spread­ing to Sau­di Ara­bia, but they are con­cerned about the region, includ­ing Iran.

“We already have evi­dence that the Ira­ni­ans are try­ing to exploit the sit­u­a­tion in Bahrain,” Gates said, “and we also have evi­dence that they’re talk­ing about what they can do to cre­ate prob­lems else­where, as well.”

The sec­re­tary said he and Abdul­lah also talked about the breadth of the bilat­er­al and mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary rela­tion­ships between the Unit­ed States and Sau­di Ara­bia, as well as var­i­ous pro­grams asso­ci­at­ed with U.S.-Saudi rela­tions.

Today’s vis­it marked the sev­enth Mid­dle East­ern coun­try Gates has vis­it­ed since mid-March.

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →