Summarise US/Saudi relations?

  • Big political partners (both consider Iran a threat, both have focus on counter-terrorism) and trade partners (oil & weapons) but recent tensions.
  • Saudi Arabia hostile to US/Iran negotiations over latter's nuclear program + unhappy that US no longer seems to be pushing for overthrow of Syria's Assad.
  • US unhappy with Saudi's domestic human rights abuses (stifling any form of opposition with imprisonment/violence).
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