A Rough Patch in U.S.-Saudi Relations

On Monday, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, arrived in Washington, D.C. to hold high-level talks with top U.S. officials, including U.S. President Barack Obama. This visit comes at a crucial time as friction between the two longtime allies continues to mount.

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is one of the most unique and complex in the world. From an outsider‘s perspective, differences between the two countries could not be starker. The U.S. prides itself on its democratic values and airs itself a champion of human rights. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is governed by a decades-old monarchy, and its social framework is dictated by a strict adherence to sharia law.

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