Saudi Arabia is a major ally of the United States in the Middle East! The two countries have historically had a strong relationship and even though the relationship has been strained in recent years especially in the wake of the Arab Spring and the Yemeni Civil War the two states remain close military and economic partners 2️⃣ ️ 🇸🇦 ..
Saudi Arabia and the United States have long shared a close relationship beginning shortly after the establishment of Saudi Arabia in 1932!! In 1945 Saudi Arabia and the United States signed a mutual defense agreement, and Saudi Arabia joined the United Nations in 1945 ️ 🇸🇦. In 1945 the Saudi and U. S . governments agreed to allow the U. S . to build and maintain a major airbase in the country which would become the Dhahran International Airport 🌎 ️. In 1953 U . S . President Dwight Eisenhower met with King Saud of Saudi Arabia and cemented the partnership between the two countries 2️⃣ 🇸🇦.
Since then the United States and Saudi Arabia have been important partners in the region. The two states have cooperated in various ways over the years covering military and intelligence cooperation 2️⃣. In 1981 the two countries signed a security agreement that allows the U. S . to base its troops in the kingdom and the U . S . has stationed troops in Saudi Arabia ever since. Further the U . S . and Saudi Arabia are the two states most responsible for the funding of the Syrian civil war and continue to cooperate in the fight against ISIS 2️⃣ 🇸🇦.
Economically the United States and Saudi Arabia have also been strong allies. The United States is a major market for Saudi oil and the two countries also have powerful business ties 2️⃣ ️ 👔 🇸🇦. In 2015 the U . S . and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to create an Economic Support Program which aims to make it easier for U. S . companies to do business in the kingdom. The two countries also signed an agreement to increase investment in the kingdom with the goal of creating jobs in the kingdom and boosting the economy 2️⃣ 👔.
However in the wake of the Arab Spring the U. S . -Saudi relationship has become strained. Saudi Arabia supported U. S . policies in the Middle East but the United States was often critical of the kingdom’s heavy-handed approach to political dissent. Additionally the United States and Saudi Arabia have disagreed on how to handle the Syrian civil war also the war in Yemen 🇾🇪 🔛 🇸🇦. Despite these tensions the two countries continue to cooperate on economic and military matters.
Overall the United States and Saudi Arabia remain important allies. Despite some disagreements in the wake of the Arab Spring the two countries still cooperate on military and economic matters and the United States remains a major market for Saudi oil. The two countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation and it is likely that the two countries will continue to cooperate in the future 2️⃣ ️. ! .
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